Parenting in place : The reception centre as the spatial context for laying the foundations for asylum-seeking children's healthy development

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Parviainen , H , Lämsä , R , Kiviruusu , O & Santalahti , P 2022 , ' Parenting in place : The reception centre as the spatial context for laying the foundations for asylum-seeking children's healthy development ' , Health & Place , vol. 76 , 102823 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2022.102823

Title: Parenting in place : The reception centre as the spatial context for laying the foundations for asylum-seeking children's healthy development
Author: Parviainen, Heidi; Lämsä, Riikka; Kiviruusu, Olli; Santalahti, Päivi
Contributor organization: Department of Public Health
University of Helsinki
Date: 2022-07
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: Health & Place
ISSN: 1353-8292
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2022.102823
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/346332
Abstract: Brain architecture is shaped by early childhood experiences, which thus affect future physical and mental health. These experiences consist primarily of parenting, intertwined with environment. The mental health of migrants has received much attention in research; however, early childhood experiences and the spatiality of parenting have largely been ignored. This study examines asylum-seeking parents' perceptions of parenting their 2-6-year old children, focusing on the spatial context of the reception centre. We conducted 26 semi-structured interviews among parents in three reception centres in Finland. The results show that parenting was challenged by all three dimensions of place: location, locale and sense of place. The findings indicate that for parents, the reception centre is an essential factor interacting with parenting, enabling or impeding caregiving. These findings are discussed from the viewpoints of transnationalism, insufficient children's spaces and activities and lost sense of place. We urge policy-makers to improve the spatial context for parenting in reception centres by ensuring adequate children's spaces and activities, including opportunities for early learning, privacy of the family, parents' social support and possibilities for establishing everyday routines. We suggest that these improvements would have far-reaching beneficial implications for the healthy development and future mental health of asylum seeking children.
Subject: Asylum-seeking children
Accompanied refugee children
Psychiatric symptoms
Parent psychopathology
Mental Health
MENTAL-HEALTH
REFUGEE
PERSPECTIVES
IMMIGRANT
FAMILIES
SUPPORT
INCOME
3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: publishedVersion


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