Meanings of family under the perspective of parents of adolescent students


  • Francisca Georgina Macedo de Sousa
  • Leda Barros de Castro
  • Ana Larissa Araujo Nogueria
  • Italo Rodolfo Silva
  • Dennyse Cristina Macedo da Silva
  • Nayra Michele Anjos Amorim



Pediatric Nursing, Family Relations, Adolescent.


This study aimed to understand the meanings of family according to parents of adolescent students. A qualitative research conducted with nine parents of adolescents from a public school, Maranhão, Brazil. Data collection occurred through unstructured interview from February to April 2011, and were submitted to thematic content analysis. Eight themes emerged: Structure, values and meanings of family; Roles and functions of family members; Family and school; Family dynamics and the health-disease process in the family; Affective bonds and family relationships; Strategies for family functioning; Feelings and support network; Adolescence and the adolescent in the family. The meanings of family overtook consanguinity, extending to friendship, solidarity and affection in a dynamic relationship that involves dialogue, affection, love and responsibility.




How to Cite

Sousa, F. G. M. de, Castro, L. B. de, Nogueria, A. L. A., Silva, I. R., Silva, D. C. M. da, & Amorim, N. M. A. (2014). Meanings of family under the perspective of parents of adolescent students. Rev Rene, 15(3).



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