Finnish Mothers’ and Fathers’ Constructions of and Emotions in Their Daily Lives
Böök, M. L., & Mykkänen, J. (2019). Finnish Mothers’ and Fathers’ Constructions of and Emotions in Their Daily Lives. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 63 (3), 412-426. doi:10.1080/00313831.2017.1376351
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This article focuses on parents’ construction of and emotions in their everyday lives. The study brings into focus the meanings in the foreground of everyday life, while also revealing new insights into cultural beliefs and prejudices. Interviews were conducted with five nuclear and four divorced families, and each participant (N = 18) was interviewed twice. The second interview was a photo-narrative interview, for which each participant took photographs pertaining to their daily life. Content and thematic analysis were applied to the data. Three main categories of everyday life emerged from the data: family daily life, couples’ daily life, and one’s own daily life. The importance of and pleasure derived from one’s own daily life were emphasized as the foundation of well-being for both the individual and the whole family.