Being the parent of a child with asthma.
2001 (English)In: Pediatric Nursing, ISSN 0097-9805, Vol. 27, no 4, 365-373 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this study is to describe what it means to be parents of a child with asthma. Unstructured interviews were carried out with 12 mothers and 12 fathers of children with asthma living in Sweden. The parents' accounts were analyzed using a phenomenological-hermeneutic approach. The results revealed that parents were living a strenuous life and their actions involved both protecting and liberating. Parents also reported feelings of sadness and acceptance. In most cases, mothers acted in a protecting manner and expressed feelings of sadness; fathers acted in a liberating manner and expressed feelings of acceptance. To gain a deeper understanding of the parents' actions and feelings, study results were interpreted through philosophical perspectives described by Ruddick (1989), Mayeroff (1965), and Hegel (1975). These interpretations show that the feelings and actions of these parents exist in a dialectical relation with one another. Results emphasize the importance of a good partnership between the parents and the nurse, where the nurse shows consideration for the parents' unique actions and feelings and understands and supports parents in the care of their child with asthma.
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2001. Vol. 27, no 4, 365-373 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-4486PubMedID: 12025274OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-4486DiVA: diva2:143610