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Perceptions of Iranian parents towards the paternal role in raising adolescent children

Farshi, MR, Valizadeh, L, Zamanzadeh, V, Rssouli, M, Lopez, V and Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850 2018 , 'Perceptions of Iranian parents towards the paternal role in raising adolescent children' , Nursing and Health Sciences , pp. 1-7 , doi: 10.1111/nhs.12538.

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Abstract

In Iran, as in other nations, adolescence can be a challenging period for both parents and theirchildren. Typically, mothers assume the main role of parenting, which can have a negativeimpact either directly or indirectly on paternal involvement, or conversely, play a positive role ofmediation between fathers and their adolescent children. In the present study, we report on aqualitative study conducted in 2016 that explored the perceptions of Iranian parents toward thepaternal role in raising adolescent children. Twenty three mothers and fathers of adolescentchildren were interviewed to explore their views and experiences with paternal roles in raisingadolescent children. Four themes emerged from the data: (i) limited father–child interactions;(ii) mother-led parenting; (iii) father–child conflict; and (iv) united front parenting. The findingssuggest that mothers maintain a prime role in parenting, but that the involvement of fathers canhave a negative or positive impact on adolescent development, depending on the level and qualityof that involvement. Strategies need to be explored for how parents can best support oneanother to engage in the development of adolescent children.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Farshi, MR and Valizadeh, L and Zamanzadeh, V and Rssouli, M and Lopez, V and Cleary, M
Keywords: adolescent, Iranian, parenting, paternal role, qualitative study
Journal or Publication Title: Nursing and Health Sciences
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN: 1441-0745
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/nhs.12538
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Copyright 2018 John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.

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