Parenting patterns in families of Pakistani Origin . PhD Project

This study seeks to understand parenting patterns in families from Pakistani origin by exploring the impact of maternal mental health, level of education, religion, acculturation and social support, in the interactions between mothers and their children. This is necessary to ensure policies, and or strategies are devised to improve the well-being of these children. A qualitative methodology, using face-to-face interviews with mothers, and ethnographic observations of mothers and their children, has been chosen. These techniques can aid in discovering people’s views and perspectives and helps to develop explanations of social phenomena (Hancock, 1988); it focuses on the meanings of individuals’ actions and explanations, as well as aiding a better understanding of the cultural interpretation of actions and behaviour (Savage, 2000; Genzuk, 2003).