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Blog post 22 Feb 2024

2023-2024 Research Fellow Spotlight- Md. Jakirul Islam

Your name:

Md Jakirul Islam 

Research project name:

Exploring roles of family dynamics in providing nurturing care to children of Rohingya families living in Refugee camps in Bangladesh 

Country of research:

Bangladesh 

Description of research project:  

Understanding family dynamics and shared caregiving roles within extended families is key to enhancing children’s well-being. This study aims to explore Rohingya family dynamics and their impact on nurturing care. By focusing on three-generation families, the research will acknowledge the collective role in child development. Significantly, findings will inform Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs and family-focused interventions, addressing gaps in children’s daily care. Using a case study approach and convenient sampling, the study will be conducted using in-depth interviews and systematic observation techniques. Through thematic analysis and data triangulation, comprehensive insights into the elaborate dynamics influencing children’s experiences will be ensured. 

What does this project mean to you:  

In South and Southeast Asian regions, we live in collectivist societal settings where extended families are very common and caregiving for a child is a shared responsibility of the family members and even sometimes close relatives or neighbors. Each of the family dynamics might have a significant role in child development; if the family dynamics do not play a positive or functional role in child rearing, then the child cannot be properly benefited. But a lot of things in a collectivist society are unexplored and are required to provide nurturing care. So, it is an initial attempt to explore the family dynamics and how the family dynamics work in nurturing care practices. 

Through this project, we may get an overview of the nature of family dynamics, which may open some new opportunities to work in-depth regarding nurturing care, and then we may get the functional and dysfunctional family dynamics and their roles so we can make a change in designing a nurturing care-providing environment in the center-based modalities. This research may also bridge the gap between research and practice, providing actionable insights for program developers. By emphasizing nurturing care roles, it can contribute to understanding gender-based violence, reproductive health, and women’s roles and positions among Rohingya families.