The experience of Middle Eastern men living in Sweden of maternal and child health care and fatherhood: focus-group discussions and content analysis

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The experience of Middle Eastern men living in Sweden of maternal and child health care and fatherhood: focus-group discussions and content analysis
Author(s) Ny, Pernilla ; Dejin-Karlsson, Elisabeth ; Plantin, Lars ; Dykes, Anna-Karin
Date 2008
English abstract
Objective: To describe how men from the Middle East experience Swedish maternity and child health care. An integral part of the aim of this study has also been to describe the experiences of men from the Middle East when becoming and being a father in Sweden. Design, setting and participants: an exploratory, qualitative study using focus-group discussions and individual interviews, with a semi-structured interview guide and content analysis. A total of 16 men participated. Ten Arabicspeaking men from the Middle East living in Sweden participated in three focus-group discussions. Six men from the Middle East living in Sweden, and speaking Swedish, participated in individual interviews. Findings: three main categories were developed: meeting empathic professionals; finding new positions within the family; and experiencing social demands. Key conclusions and implications for practice: seeing their partners being met individually and with empathy by midwives and child health-care nurses encouraged men to become involved in areas not previously open to them (i.e. pregnancy, childbirth and the care of babies and young children). As the women often lacked knowledge of Swedish, they depended on the help of their partners when meeting maternity and child health-care professionals. The men found the experience of living in an alien country difficult. They were often unemployed, felt they were a burden to their wives after emigrating to Sweden, and that they were no longer a suitable role model for their children. & 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2006.05.006 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Elsevier
Host/Issue Midwifery;3
Volume 24
ISSN 0266-6138
Pages 281-90
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) fatherhood
middle east
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE::Social medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/5490 (link to this page)

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