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Balancing Safety And Normalcy: A Study Of Parents' Management Of Young Children's Severe Food Allergies

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Balancing Safety And Normalcy: A Study Of Parents' Management Of Young Children's Severe Food Allergies

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dc.contributor.author Graceffo, Leslie Brook en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-08-08T02:31:10Z
dc.date.available 2008-08-08T02:31:10Z
dc.date.issued 2008-08-08T02:31:10Z
dc.date.submitted April 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.other DISS-2030 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10106/943
dc.description.abstract While severe food allergies have been extensively studied by physicians, sociologists have not yet examined the parental management of children's severe food allergies. In this thesis, I examine how parents negotiate physical, emotional, and social issues that arise in daily life with a severely allergic child. Severe food allergy management is not an easy task given the potentially fatalistic nature of severe food allergies coupled with the inadequate level of social awareness of such allergies. In order to better understand the parental management of food allergies, I interviewed twelve parents of severely food allergic children regarding the various spheres of allergy management including physical, emotional and social management. Through the use of qualitative coding and data analysis, this study, anchored in a grounded theory approach, revealed the emergence of several sociologically relevant phenomena or themes: intensive parenting, collective legitimization and the negotiation of difference. Intensive parenting emerged as an overarching theme in that these parents were very child-centered and emotionally absorbed in the management of their children's allergies. Collective legitimization was also observed as a mechanism of intensive parenting. Parents utilized a variety of strategies, such as creating group cohesion with other parents of children with severe food allergies, in order to legitimize their children's allergies to themselves and outsiders. Finally, through the negotiation of difference parents worked diligently to offset social stigmas in a world of intensive parenting. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Kunovich, Robert en_US
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Sociology en_US
dc.title Balancing Safety And Normalcy: A Study Of Parents' Management Of Young Children's Severe Food Allergies en_US
dc.type M.A. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair Kunovich, Robert en_US
dc.degree.department Sociology en_US
dc.degree.discipline Sociology en_US
dc.degree.grantor University of Texas at Arlington en_US
dc.degree.level masters en_US
dc.degree.name M.A. en_US
dc.identifier.externalLink https://www.uta.edu/ra/real/editprofile.php?onlyview=1&pid=1416
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