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ERIC Number: EJ863224
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0907-5682
How Children with Parents Suffering from Mental Health Distress Search for "Normality" and Avoid Stigma: To Be or Not to Be... Is "Not" the Question
Fjone, Heidi Haug; Ytterhus, Borgunn; Almvik, Arve
Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, v16 n4 p461-477 2009
Using data from in-depth interviews with 20 children, this study finds that children with parents suffering from mental health distress struggle hard to present themselves as "normal" and equal among their peer group. The study shows how they avoid stigma in their presentation of self in everyday life. All the children in this study, regardless of age or parents' suffering, are active participants and impression managers in and of their own lives. The authors question whether their active responsibility for their own and their family's well-being becomes too heavy a burden and should be moved from children's private sphere into public arenas such as schools or social and healthcare services. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway