Cystic fibrosis and family relationships: adolescent, parent and health-professional perspectives

Whelan, Frieda (2018) Cystic fibrosis and family relationships: adolescent, parent and health-professional perspectives. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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The aim of the present study was to explore the experiences of family relationships during adolescence from the perspective of adolescents with cystic fibrosis, family caregivers and health-professionals.

In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with three adolescents with cystic fibrosis (aged 15-18), two mothers and two health-professionals.

Thematic analysis produced three themes, each with two sub-themes. Theme 1: family coping (using avoidant coping to manage the challenges of CF and the availability of support), theme 2: roles and boundaries (how these are adapted in families and the transition of these during adolescence), and theme 3: managing adolescence versus managing adolescents (adolescents balancing CF life with teen life and families balancing family and adolescent developmental tasks).

Although the sample was small, results suggest the importance that each individual family’s psychological needs are understood and appropriate support offered if required. Support to initiate difficult conversations and interventions aimed at the whole family may help to manage the psychological distress that can occur during stressful times such as adolescence.

Item Type: Thesis (D Clin Psy)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: cystic fibrosis, family relationships, adolescents, caregivers, qualitative research.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Colleges/Schools: College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Supervisor's Name: Jackson, Dr. Alison
Date of Award: 2018
Depositing User: Mrs Frieda Whelan
Unique ID: glathesis:2018-30987
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2018 11:49
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 13:38
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