Exploring Origins of Parent-Child Relational Problems among Pakistani Parents: A Qualitative Study

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Sumaya Batool, Alay Ahmed, Shazia Khalid, Shazia Ashraf


Parent-child relationships are corner stones of personality development and functioning of individuals both at personal and social level. Problematic relationships can cause clinically significant impairment and dysfunctioning. Aim of the present study was to explore the causes and management of parent-child relational problems in parents of Punjab, Pakistan. Sample of the study included (N = 20) parents who were already screened out from normal population of cities of Punjab, Pakistan. Sample was further divided into good parents (n = 10) and problematic parents (n =10). A semi-structured interview protocol was used to explore causes and management patterns of parent-child relational problems in both good and problematic parents. Results of the content analysis revealed that parent-child relational problems are linked with children’s behavioral issues regarding academics, domestic chores and social and family relations. Results also explored that good parents use more positive and constructive strategies to deal with these conflicts while problematic parents use more negative management strategies. These results can help education and family counselors to help parents and teachers to train and guide parents to improve their relations with children and ultimately make their children grow as more efficient member of society.

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