Cristin-resultat-ID: 1151452
Sist endret: 17. november 2014 10:28
NVI-rapporteringsår: 2014
Vitenskapelig artikkel

Communal normalization in an online self-help group for adolescents with a mentally ill parent

  • Marianne Vibeke Trondsen og
  • Aksel Tjora


Qualitative Health Research
ISSN 1049-7323
e-ISSN 1552-7557
NVI-nivå 2

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Vitenskapelig artikkel
Publiseringsår: 2014
Publisert online: 2014
Trykket: 2014
Volum: 24
Hefte: 10
Sider: 1407 - 1417


Scopus-ID: 2-s2.0-84907226105

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Communal normalization in an online self-help group for adolescents with a mentally ill parent


Although implications of parental mental illness are well documented, most children of mentally ill parents are left to manage their family situation with limited information and support. We explored the role of a Norwegian online self-help group for adolescents (aged 15 to 18) with a mentally ill parent. Through in-depth interviews with 13 participants, we found that the online self-help group provided “communal normalization” by which participants, through communication in the forum, made sense of everyday experiences and emotions arising from having a mentally ill parent. We identified three main aspects of this process—recognizability, openness, and agency—all of which were important for the adolescents’ efforts to obtain support, to be supportive, and to handle everyday life situations better. Communal normalization might provide resources for significantly improving the participants’ life situations, and could demonstrate similar potential for users in other situations characterized by stigma, loneliness, silence, and health worries.


Marianne Vibeke Trondsen

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Nasjonalt senter for e-helseforskning ved Universitetssykehuset Nord-Norge HF

Aksel Tjora

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Institutt for sosiologi og statsvitenskap ved Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet
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