Parental Decision-Making Processes: Historical and socio-cultural influences on everyday parenting occupations Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Sethi, Chetna
    • Affiliation: School of Medicine, Department of Allied Health Sciences, Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
  • Within occupational science, most of the research related to families has focused on family routines or rituals and parenting as a co-occupation. The descriptive nature of these inquiries has articulated the “what” and “who” related to parenting occupations with much less attention to the “how” and “why”. In considering parenting as a relational role rather than an occupation (or co-occupation), the process behind everyday parental decision-making is explored in this study. Guided by the principles of life course sociology and the transactional perspective on occupation, this study captures the social, cultural, historical, and temporal influences on everyday parenting practices. In keeping with the constructivist Grounded Theory approach, relevant conceptualizations of family functioning, such as family systems theory, social information processing, and coercive parenting, along with known diversities in parenting practices based on gender, socioeconomic status and ethnicity, are acknowledged as sensitizing concepts that guided data collection. Qualitative data collection methods and analysis led to the construction of a conceptual framework of the everyday decision-making strategies mothers use to address their child’s behavioral challenges. The emergent framework proposes that mothers’ responses in diverse settings are best understood as transactional relationships among the mother’s historical context, challenges encountered in the present moment, and predispositions for ways to act.
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  • Iruka, Iheoma
  • Humphry, Ruth
  • Gibson, Amelia
  • Bailliard, Antoine
  • Boyd, Brian
  • Doctor of Philosophy
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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