ERIC Number: EJ884295
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
The Domestication of Health Care: Health Advice to Canadian Mothers 1993-2008 in "Today's Parent"
Clarke, Juanne N.
Family Relations, v59 n2 p170-179 Apr 2010
The purpose of this article was to describe and analyze the ways that parents' and children's health are portrayed in health advice to parents in Canada's major mass print media magazine entitled "Today's Parent", from 1993 to 2008. The qualitative content analysis noted three significant themes, including: most health issues are easily managed by mothers using common sense at home; mothers are responsible, healthy, energetic, and capable managers and experts who are able to work and advocate for their children's health; and mothers are able to critically assess doctors and medical care. Finally, anomalous stories are highlighted and some of the underlying assumptions of the stories are discussed. The substantive and practical consequences of these findings regarding parental health beliefs and actions are discussed.
Descriptors: Health Services, Medical Services, Mothers, Foreign Countries, Content Analysis, Child Health, Health Promotion, Health Behavior, Advocacy, Periodicals, Child Rearing, Parent Role, Parent Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Canada