Counsellor’s experience of living with a child with a chronic illness
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AbstractThis qualitative research is an exploration of the subjective experience of being a parent of a child with a chronic illness and the personal meanings that are attributed to this phenomenon. The data was gathered from four practicing counsellors, using semi-structured interviews and analysed by Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). The aim of this study is not to propose any ‘universal truths’ about a parent’s experience. However, this glimpse into their subjective experience provides valuable insight to what emotional and psychological factors have impacted them as a parent since the diagnosis of their child’s illness. From the point of view as a parent it raises some implications for an empathic understanding of how they feel as a mother, whilst looking at additional support at crisis points of their child’s illness, including the diagnosis. The primary findings were the emotive symptoms that parents experience categorised as: Shock, Loss, Fear, Anxiety & Stress, Helplessness, Sadness & Hurt, Denial, Disbelief, and Loneliness. There were a number of other challenges that parents face whilst being a parent of a child with a chronic illness, with reference to the emotional and psychological impact, along with how they have coped. These findings can also support research in this area.
PublisherUniversity of Chester
TypeThesis or dissertation
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