Katarina Karlsson successfully passed PhD-examinations

Katarina Karlsson successfully defended her doctoral thesis on December 4, 2015. The overall aim of the thesis was to create knowledge about what it means for younger children to undergo needle-related medical procedures, and what caring support in relation to this means.

Katarina Karlsson. Photo: Solveig Klug, Högskolan i Borås

Katarina Karlsson's thesis conclude:
"Children’s need for support during needle-related medical procedures is primarily tied to children’s experiences of fear. For the child to experience a caring support, adults need to understand children’s experiences of fear as well as children’s need for support and what form the support should take. A caring support develops dialectically between children and adults in a circular movement. In such a dialectic, the child guides the adult and vice versa. That children have the capability of guiding adults during needle-related medical procedures shows that they are active and participating. Here it becomes clear that there is no objective location of the phenomenon of support. Support can therefore only be studied as a lived experience of those who need it."

To contact Katarina Karlsson; katarina.karlsson@hb.se

Link to thesis:
Karlsson, K. (2015). ”Jag är rädd, jag vill till mamma”. External link, opens in new window.
Dissertation Series. School of Health and Welfare External link, opens in new window.. Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare External link, opens in new window.