This work was supported in part by pilot funds from the Exploratory Center for Self-Management Interventions for Populations at Risk (1P20 NR07806-01, Principal Investigator: M. Grey), Yale University School of Nursing.
Parental Uncertainty and Posttraumatic Stress in Serious Childhood Illness
Article first published online: 23 APR 2004
Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume 35, Issue 1, pages 45–51, March 2003
How to Cite
Santacroce, S. J. (2003), Parental Uncertainty and Posttraumatic Stress in Serious Childhood Illness. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 35: 45–51. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2003.00045.x
- Issue published online: 23 APR 2004
- Article first published online: 23 APR 2004
- Accepted for publication July 23, 2002.
- parental uncertainty;
- posttraumatic stress;
- Mishel's uncertainty in illness theory
Purpose: To explicate the link between parental uncertainty and posttraumatic stress as a way to stimulate advancement in the design and evaluation of nursing interventions for parents of children with serious illness.
Methods: The literature on Mishel's uncertainty in illness theory and its reconceptualization-parental uncertainty in serious childhood illness-and posttraumatic stress are reviewed and synthesized. Pertinent methodological and sociocultural issues are discussed.
Conclusions: The literature indicates support for the theoretical link between parental uncertainty and posttraumatic stress. This linkage provides direction for the design and evaluation of nursing interventions to support parents of children with serious childhood illness.