Dissertation - Public Access
Ed.D. Doctor of Education
Disability and Equity in Education
Dr. Terry Jo Smith
Dr. Angela Elkordy
Dr. Virginia Zeitlin
This phenomenological study focuses on five mothers' experiences of the phenomenon of living with a diagnosed food allergy in the family. Attention is given to the contexts or situations that have typically influenced or affected their experiences, including the impact of the diagnoses, travel and restaurants, friendships, sibling relationships, and anxiety. There is a major emphasis on these mothers' experiences advocating for the needs of their children in schools, including their strategies, concerns, and frustrations. Policies related to food allergies are reviewed from the contemporary and historical perspectives, with recommendations for policy change. The lived experiences of food allergy mothers surfaced in this research provides insights into the ways in which a diagnosis of a food allergy can be both a life altering and life threatening situation. Examples of proactive strategies to keep one's child safe, while educating others, are presented from the perspectives of mothers who are experienced advocates for their children.
Zavell, Anne, "THE LIVED EXPERIENCES OF PARENTING CHILDREN WITH FOOD ALLERGIES: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL STUDY" (2019). Dissertations. 346.
Disability and Equity in Education Commons, Elementary Education and Teaching Commons, Family Practice Nursing Commons, Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching Commons, Other Medicine and Health Sciences Commons, Other Teacher Education and Professional Development Commons, Pediatric Nursing Commons, Pre-Elementary, Early Childhood, Kindergarten Teacher Education Commons, Psychiatry and Psychology Commons, Public Health and Community Nursing Commons, Secondary Education and Teaching Commons