Transferring a master thesis into a research article
 
Practical Example I
 
One of the master theses 2016 aimed at identifying what individual and contextual facilitators are suggested to support participation in physical activities for children with physical disabilities. The systematic literature review was written by Jonna Mäkelä, one of the students in the international master program Interventions in Childhood. Supported by PhD Margareta Adolfsson, she is now using the findings for further analysis. The purpose is to highlight facilitative factors to be considered by professionals in multidisciplinary teams during intervention planning.
Jonna used the ICF-CY for a deductive qualitative content analysis in her thesis. The findings showed a connection between the facilitators and the populated `F-words´ suggested by Rosenbaum and Gorter: Function, Family, Fitness, Fun, and Friends. These constructs intend to transform the ICF-CY dimensions into ideas that can be easier to use for the planning of effective interventions with a holistic perspective. The purpose of the article in preparation is therefore to examine how the identified facilitative factors comply with the F-words.

References:
Mäkelä, J. (2016). Facilitators to support participation in physical activities for children with physical disabilities. A systematic literature review. (Master), Jönköping University, Jönköping.  
Rosenbaum, P., & Gorter, J. W. (2011). The “F-words” in childhood disability: I swear this is how we should think! Child: Care, Health and Development, 38(4), 457–463.  
Practical Example II
 
One of the students from the one year master education in Interventions in Childhood, Margarete Hoppe, wrote a master thesis named “Perceived Social Support of Children with Severe Chronic Physical Health Conditions – A systematic Literature Review”. Margarete is from Germany and moved back after finishing her studies here in Sweden. After a while she contacted us again as she wanted to rewrite her master thesis into an article. Margarete therefore got in contact with Associate Professor Maria Björk, whose research focuses pediatric oncology nursing. She, in her turn, has a research collaboration with Associate Professor Sheila Santacroce, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill whose research among other things focuses on improving quality of life outcomes for children and adolescents with serious chronic illness and their family members. As our interests are within the same field we have now begun to work together to rewrite this master thesis into an article. The aim of the systematic literature review is to explore how children aged 5-12 years of age with severe chronic illnesses perceive and evaluate social support as reported in the literature. 
We find it interesting to collaborate when having the same interests. Margerete has the main responsibility to write. Sheila and Maria review the included articles a second time as well as review and comment on the manuscript. Our knowledge deepens as well as we have discussions concerning differences between countries. This work can also encourage other students to continue with research after finishing their studies. 
Margareta Adolfsson, Associate Professor and Tutor of Students at Jönköping University
Maria Björk, Associate Professor and Tutor of Students at Jönköping University