"You have to be a jack of all trades”: fathers parenting their adolescent with chronic pain

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Adolescent chronic pain has an extensive impact on parents, with research typically focused on exploring maternal experiences. This exploratory study sought to identify the specific experiences of six UK fathers who parent an adolescent with chronic pain. Data from semi structured interviews were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Paternal experiences were characterised by four themes: ‘helplessness’, ‘containment’, ‘balance’ and ‘re-evaluation’. Findings highlighted paternal efforts to manage the impact of adolescent chronic pain by focusing inwardly on the family and adopting multiple roles. Fathers identified ways in which they could renegotiate their relationship with their adolescent to manage pain related disruption.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2466-2476
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number11
Early online date20 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016



  • Adolescence
  • Men's health
  • interpretative phenomenological analysis
  • chronic illness
  • Family

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