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Parental Notions of 'the Child at Risk': a cross-cultural analysis of Swedish and Scottish parents of children with food allergy

In Western society, children are increasingly seen as 'at risk' due to many aspects of modern life. Parents have to deal with competing demands and expectations regarding risk. This raises questions about the experiences of parents living with children that can be deemed even more 'at risk' than others. It is well known that parents of children with food allergy experience anxiety due to the constant vigilance that is necessary to cope with this condition. The purpose of this project is to study parents' ideas of the child 'at risk' by carrying out a cross-cultural analysis on two data sets from Sweden and Scotland, containing a comprehensive qualitative interview material with parents of food allergic children. The analysis will focus on how the parents depict and understand the food allergic child's vulnerability, competence and agency, in dealing with allergy risk within different social arenas, 'here and now' and in the future. The knowledge produced in this project can not only further our understanding of the food allergy case, but also say something about how parents of children deemed more 'at risk' than others understand constraints of the everyday life of their children and transition to adult life. Such knowledge has implications for clinical practice in helping the patient to develop long-term strategies to manage the condition in daily life. This project will also contribute to methodological advancement in secondary analysis of qualitative interview material.



Project Manager

Marie-Louise Stjerna
Senior Lecturer, PhD
School of Culture and Education

People linked to the project

Allison Worth, Fil. dr, Edinburgh University, Centre for Population Health Science 

Jeni Harden,Fil. dr, Edinburgh University, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships

Sonja Olin Lauritzen, Professor emerita, Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för pedagogik och didaktik

Magnus Wickman, Professor, Karolinska institutet, Institutet för Miljömedicin, IMM

Mirja Vetander, Leg läk, Medicine doktor, Södersjukhuset, Institutionen för klinisk forskning och utbildning

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Project start: 2014
Project end: 2015

Financier: Astma och Allergiförbundets forskningsfond i samfinansiering med Södertörns högskola

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe: No

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