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


Farshi, MR and Valizadeh, L and Zamanzadeh, V and Rssouli, M and Lopez, V and Cleary, M, Perceptions of Iranian parents towards the paternal role in raising adolescent children, Nursing and Health Sciences, 20, (4) pp. 478-495. ISSN 1441-0745 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/nhs.12538


In Iran, as in other nations, adolescence can be a challenging period for both parents and their children. Typically, mothers assume the main role of parenting, which can have a negative impact either directly or indirectly on paternal involvement, or conversely, play a positive role of mediation between fathers and their adolescent children. In the present study, we report on a qualitative study conducted in 2016 that explored the perceptions of Iranian parents toward the paternal role in raising adolescent children. Twenty three mothers and fathers of adolescent children were interviewed to explore their views and experiences with paternal roles in raising adolescent 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 findings suggest that mothers maintain a prime role in parenting, but that the involvement of fathers can have a negative or positive impact on adolescent development, depending on the level and quality of that involvement. Strategies need to be explored for how parents can best support one another to engage in the development of adolescent children.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:adolescent, Iranian, parenting, paternal role, qualitative study
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:126969
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2018-07-05
Last Modified:2019-01-14

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