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Bergnehr, D. (2018). Adapted fathering for new times – refugee men’s caring and domestic practices during resettlement. In: : . Paper presented at Nordic Migration Research Conference, Norrköping, August 15-17, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Adapted fathering for new times – refugee men’s caring and domestic practices during resettlement
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The present paper explores Middle Eastern men’s narratives on everyday family life and fatherhood in Sweden. The analysis is based on individual interviews and diary notes. Swedish society differs from Middle Eastern societies in many respects; it offers comprehensive rights to extensive social welfare benefits, but also demands that newly arrived migrants participate in language studies, accept trainee positions, and actively search for employment. These requirements apply to mothers as well as fathers. Life in Sweden is challenging for refugees; many face long-term unemployment and welfare dependence. The present analysis shows how Syrian and Iraqi fathers’ downward social mobility, with radically changed material and financial means, influences their caring and domestic practices. In part, they take on ‘female’ duties and share chores with their spouse more equally. The study illuminates that fathering is dynamic and prone to change; (migrant) men adjust their strategies to provide the best possible circumstances and future prospects for their children. This challenges the notion that (migrant) fathering and masculinity are fixed. 

National Category
International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15648 (URN)
Conference
Nordic Migration Research Conference, Norrköping, August 15-17, 2018
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2015-00581
Available from: 2019-01-10 Created: 2019-01-10 Last updated: 2019-01-31Bibliographically approved
Bergnehr, D. (2018). Children’s influence on wellbeing and acculturative stress in refugee families.. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 13(1)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Children’s influence on wellbeing and acculturative stress in refugee families.
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 13, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: This paper examines intergenerational, interdependent and contextual aspects of wellbeing and acculturative stress in refugee families during resettlement. Particular focus is placed on how children influence their parents. 

Method: The study is based on interviews with and diary notes from Middle Eastern parents and children residing in Sweden. 

Results: Analyzes of the narratives show how the direct and indirect influence of the child affects the parents in both negative and positive ways. Acculturative stress follows from unexpected and undesired migration outcomes, such as parent–child conflicts and low school achievement. Such strains add to other hardships refugee families face, for instance, unemployment, welfare dependence, poor housing, and insufficient mastery of the majority language. However, acculturative stress can be alleviated by the children’s educational success, and reciprocal practices of love and caring including helping out with chores and supporting each other in different ways. 

Conclusions: Children's agency has significant effects on parents’ wellbeing, as wellbeing is accomplished in and through relationships with others.

National Category
International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15723 (URN)10.1080/17482631.2018.1564517 (DOI)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2015-581
Available from: 2019-01-31 Created: 2019-01-31 Last updated: 2019-01-31Bibliographically approved
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