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 (2020) 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 (Accepted for Publication)

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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
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 Jan 2021 08:56
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/3222

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