EMPHASES OF PARENTING IN THE LIGHT OF THREE COMPARISON GROUPS

Ella LAUKKANEN, Sanna KARPPINEN, Kaarina MAATTA, Satu UUSIUTTI

Abstract


Parenthood is a phenomenon that is not easy to approach throughresearch. This study analyzed the emphases of parenting in the light of threecomparison groups. The basis of the research was grounded on Bradley’s (2007)theory of six fundamental parenting tasks. This was a case study in whichparenthood was studied among one second-grade classroom. The teacher, 18parents, and 19 pupils were recruited in the study. The data comprised threesets as well: questionnaires for parents, pupils’ essays and drawings, and theteacher interview. The data were collected in 2012. The analysis representedtheory-led content analysis.  The resultsshowed that the emphases of parenting tasks varied among the comparison groupsand the emphases are illustrated in a triangle showing the variation. The mostimportant task was the present parent who loves the children, and discusses andgives time for them.  The role ofparental love as the fundamental basis of parenting is discussed.

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