Decision-making by children and young people in the home: the nurture of trust, participation and independence

Martin, Shirley, Forde, Catherine, Horgan, Deirdre and Mages, Linda (2018) Decision-making by children and young people in the home: the nurture of trust, participation and independence. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27 (1). pp. 198-210. ISSN 1062-1024

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This article presents the findings of a qualitative research study of children and young people (aged 7-17 years) in Ireland. It seeks to investigate whether, for the children and young people involved, the home is a space where supportive, trusting family relationships can be nurtured; where independence grows with age; and where parents listen, discuss and explain decisions made. It furthermore outlines the views and experiences of parents with regard to children and young people’s participation in the home and will focus on relational and spatial aspects of child participation within the home. The results indicate that age and issues of trust and tokenism were significant barriers in young people’s participation and decision making at home. Key enablers of children and young people’s participation included spaces where discussion can happen at home, good family relationships, being listened to by parents, trust and growing levels of independence with age, seeing decisions as fair and having the rationale for decisions explained to them by parents. Among suggestions for improvements the most important were designated family spaces for discussion, encouragement of active listening by parents, and to promote explanation by adults of their decisions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at via
Uncontrolled Keywords: home, child-parent relations, participation, decision-making, consumption
Subjects: B700 Nursing
L400 Social Policy
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: Linda Mages
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2017 09:20
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 09:46

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