Exploring Parenting Narratives in Asylum Seeking Populations in Sweden: Examining the Effect of Post Migration Stress on Families through Grounded Theory

Hedstrom, Ellen and Kovshoff, Hanna and Hadwin, Julie A. and Kreppner, Jana (2021) Exploring Parenting Narratives in Asylum Seeking Populations in Sweden: Examining the Effect of Post Migration Stress on Families through Grounded Theory. Journal Of Refugee Studies. ISSN Online ISSN 1471-6925

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Abstract

Empirical evidence shows that asylum seekers experience a range of stressors in a post
migration context that can contribute to poor mental health. Few studies have considered how
post migration stressors affect the family unit, specifically with a focus on parenting and
child outcomes. In 2018 and 2019, interviews were conducted with asylum seeking parents
(27 families) in a small community in Sweden. A grounded theory research design approach
found an overarching category of lack of agency amongst parents which linked with three
subcategories; a new normal, managing official processes and poor physical and mental
health. Within each subcategory, the role of parenting was examined. Parents living through
the asylum seeking process reported experiencing few rights, concerns about housing and
money, as well as a constant fear of being repatriated, and these factors contributed to a
deterioration in both their own as well as their children’s mental health. Implications and
suggestions for future studies are included.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is a pre-copy-edited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Refugee Studies following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Ellen Hedstrom, H Kovshoff, J A Hadwin, J Kreppner, Exploring Parenting Narratives in Asylum Seeking Populations in Sweden: Examining the Effect of Post-Migration Stress on Families through Grounded Theory, Journal of Refugee Studies, 2021;, feaa136, https://doi.org/10.1093/jrs/feaa136 is available online at:https://academic.oup.com/jrs/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/jrs/feaa136/6247318?redirectedFrom=fulltext.
Keywords: Asylum seeker; post migration stress; parenting; mental health
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Julie Hadwin
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2020 16:54
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2021 10:34
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/3222

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