Louise Berg Puggaard forsvarer sin ph.d.-afhandling ved Institut for Psykologi – Københavns Universitet

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Louise Berg Puggaard forsvarer sin ph.d.-afhandling ved Institut for Psykologi

Kandidat

Louise Berg Puggaard

Titel

Children of Chronic Somatically III Parents. Impact, Coping and Psychosocial Adjustment”.

Tid og sted

Fredag den 1. december 2017 kl. 13:00. Københavns Universitet, Institut for Psykologi, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 København K, lokale 2.1.12.Af hensyn til kandidaten lukkes dørene præcis.

Bedømmelsesudvalg

  • Professor mso, Barbara Hoff Esbjørn, Institut for Psykologi, Københavns Universitet (formand)
  • Førsteamanuensis Inger Utne, , Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus, Norge
  • Lektor Ditte Alexandrea Winther-Lindquist, Danmarks institut for Pædagogik og Uddannelse - Pædagogisk Psykologi, DPU, Aarhus Universitet

Abstract

The thesis explores the impact of parental chronic somatic illness on children, in particular their coping and psychosocial adjustment. The thesis comprises a systematic review of the literature concerning the impact on, and factors associated with, the adjustment of children of ill parents, an interview study with children and their parents who were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and a third study with a questionnaire design investigating children’s coping and the association with their adjustment. The literature review showed that children of ill parents generally suffered from distress and had a small increased risk of psychosocial problems compared to their peers with healthy parents, and that their adjustment varied according to family- and illness-related factors. The interview study showed that children of parents with type 1 diabetes were worried about their parents’ health and were affected by their parents’ mood changes. Furthermore, the children, like children of parents with cancer and multiple sclerosis in the questionnaire-based study, used a variety of coping strategies. The questionnaire-based study showed that children’s coping was not associated with their adjustment.