Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The lived experiences of being a father of a child with type 1 diabetes: A phenomenological study
by Stambaugh, Jon D., Ed.D., Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, 2016, 189; 10112052
Abstract (Summary)

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition which has seen numbers increase in recent years. Being a diabetic is neither easy for the diabetic themselves nor the parents raising the diabetic child. In looking over the literature, very little research was found on the lived experiences of fathers raising a child with type 1 diabetes. Therefore, a qualitative design with a phenomenological approach was used in order to discover and describe the phenomenon. This study was based on 12 male respondents (fathers) who shared their experiences on parenting a child with type 1 diabetes. The responses of the 12 participants revealed four major themes discovered via the hermeneutic method of textual description, and sought to present the essence of their lived experience. The four major themes were diabetes is forever, dealing with it, increased pressure, and the “new normal.” The lived experiences of fathers who participated in this study disclosed a sense of resiliency, while learning a lot of information, quickly to better understand type 1 diabetes. The interviewees wanted to share their stories and help others, interested in this topic, gain a better understanding of what life is like parenting and raising a child with type 1 diabetes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sheedy, Patrick D.
Commitee: Albee, Lynn, McClure, Jack, Updaw, Nelson J.
School: Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Department: Leadership
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 77/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Endocrinology, Public Health Education, Health education
Keywords: Chronic illness, Fathers, Parents and parenting, Phenomenological sociology, Type 1 diabetes
Publication Number: 10112052
ISBN: 978-1-339-75225-9
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