Troubling meanings of family and competing moral imperatives in the family lives of young people with a parent who is at the end of life

Turner, Nicola and Almack, Kathryn (2017) Troubling meanings of family and competing moral imperatives in the family lives of young people with a parent who is at the end of life. Children's Geographies . pp. 1-12. ISSN 1473-3277

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Abstract

This article draws on a narrative study of young people with a parent who is at the end of life to examine how family lives are troubled by life-limiting parental illness. Young people struggled to reconcile the physical and emotional absence of family members with meanings of ‘family’; the extent to which young people could rely on family to ‘be there’ in these troubling circumstances was of practical, emotional and moral significance. Our discussion is situated in the context of an English end of life care policy predicated on the ideal of a good death as one that takes place at home accompanied by family members. We explore how the shift away from family as a site for nurturing children towards family as a space to care for the dying is experienced by young people, and consider how these competing moral imperatives are negotiated through relational practices of care.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Children's Geographies on 12/07/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14733285.2017.1350633.
Keywords: Young people; family; care; child–adult relations; moral geography
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Identification Number: 10.1080/14733285.2017.1350633
Depositing User: Turner, Nicola
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2018 14:00
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2018 08:02
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/44766

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