MDH doctoral student praised in Thailand

Jan 23, 2019 | Research/Cooperation

The former MDH doctoral student Atcharawadee Sriyasak won acclaim recently as the best researcher in Nursing in the Thailand region of Phetchaburi.

Atcharawadee Sriyasak

Atcharawadee Sriyasak was one of several Thai doctoral students who commenced their studies at MDH and the School of Health, Care and Social Welfare during 2012. On 28 October 2016 Sriyasak defended her thesis entitled Becoming a Thai teenage parent. Supervisors at MDH were Associate Professors Elisabet Häggström-Nordin and Anna-Lena Almqvist as well as PhD Chaweewan Sridawruang in Thailand.

At the Thai event ‘Thai nurse day’, during the late autumn 2018, she was awarded the title of Best Researcher in Nursing, in the region of Phetchaburi, where she is now working as Head of Research at the Prachomklao College of Nursing.

The latest articles that Atcharawadee Sriyasak has published in cooperation with MDH are summarized below.


Parents’ experiences of their teenage children’s parenthood: An interview study 

Sriyasak, A., Almqvist, A-L., Sridawruang, C., & Häggström-Nordin E. (2018). Parents’ experiences of their teenage children’s parenthood: An interview study. Nursing & Health Sciences, 20, 39-45, DOI:1111/ nhs.12378.


In this study, we described and analyzed parents’ experiences of teenage parenthood and the provision of support to their teenage children who had recently have become parents. A qualitative method was used. In-depth interviews with 24 participants were conducted, all parents of teenage parents. Data were analyzed using content analysis; four themes and 11 subthemes were identified. The results show that parents’ norms and values were strongly influenced by their religious beliefs. The participants had mixed emotions and reactions to their teenage children’s parenthood. Also participants were sources of support to the teenage parents and assisted them in their transition to parenthood. However, the participants also expressed the importance that their teenage children continue their education and avoid repeated pregnancies. This study highlights how emotional, instrumental, and informational support provided by parents to their teenagers can assist the latter in their transition to parenthood. In their work with teenage parents, healthcare providers can benefit from teenage parent's own parents involvement and experiences.

Healthcare providers’ caring for Thai teenage parents: A focus group study

Sriyasak, A., Almqvist, A.-L., Sridawruang, C., & Häggström-Nordin E. (2019) Healthcare providers’ caring for Thai teenage parents: A focus group study. Midwifery, 69, 172-178. 


Objective: To describe Thai healthcare providers’ experiences of caring for teenage parents and views on teenage pregnancy and childbirth in the Thai society.

Design: Descriptive design, qualitative method using focus group discussions with the healthcare providers. 

Setting: A province in the western part of Thailand.

Participants: The participants had experiences of caring for teenage parents for at least one year; working in antenatal and family planning, delivery ward, postpartum care, and/or reproductive health for youth from one provincial hospital and three district hospitals in the western region of Thailand. Four focus groups were held, with a total of 21 healthcare providers. The digital-recorded discussions were transcribed verbatim in Thai (the language spoken by the participants). Latent content analysis was used for analysis.

Findings: The results showed that the health care providers were aware of caring for teenage parents by using teenager-focused care and prevention to avoid repeated pregnancy. They had reflections on improved quality of and access to care, such as easier access to reproductive health care, suggestion to improve sex education, and improved collaboration between different parties. In addition, the healthcare providers also concern about young parents. The main concerns were contributing factors to teenage pregnancy, and impact on individual and structural level.

Key conclusions: This study highlighted the healthcare providers suggested an improved quality of care, especially concerning sexual and reproductive health for young adults. Therefore, the national health policy should address the rights of all young people especially girls to access health care services, focusing especially on SHRS to reduce the incidence of teenage pregnancy. Ensuring that sexually active teenagers have access to contraceptive as well as educating teenagers on reproductive health and use effective contraceptives. This will, subsequently, help in SDGs 3.7 by 2030; to ensure national and universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services. 

Implications for practice: This study contributes an understanding of Thai healthcare providers’ experiences of caring for teenage parents and their views on teenage pregnancy and childbirth in the Thai society. Health care providers are one resources of support for teenage parents and inspire them to tailor their care specifically to teenager’s needs from early pregnancy to parenthood. It is important to encourage young men in particular, to practice safe sex and to take responsibility when having sexual activities.