A qualitative study on adolescence, health and family

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Abstract:

Family is important to both health and adolescence. Adolescence is a time of peak health, but there are some important family based risk factors. The aim of this study was to explore the perspective of adolescent Iranians on issues of family and their health. We used descriptive, qualitative methodology and purposeful sampling and interviews for collecting the data. Forty-one participants explained their perspectives on health and family. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis. Analysis revealed three categories of risk factors: a widening generation gap, effective parenting and family financial situation. To have healthy adolescents, both children and parents need more knowledge and better skills about adolescent health and development and about social trends. To understand adolescents in a more realistic way, parents should develop healthy communication to avoid family health problems.

Keywords: ADOLESCENT; FAMILY; FAMILY ROLE; GENERATION GAP; HEALTH; PARENTING; QUALITATIVE APPROACH

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor, Nursing and Midwifery Faculty, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Vali asr St, Rashid Yasami St, Tehran, Iran;, Email: parvizy@iums.ac.ir 2: Associate Professor, Nursing Department, Faculty of Medicine, Tarbiat Modarres University, Tehran, Iran

Publication date: September 1, 2009

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