Funding. Support for this research was provided by Purdue University School of Nursing, West Lafayette, Indiana. The author has no actual or potential conflict of interest associated with this study and data set.
Nursing Care of the Adoption Triad
Article first published online: 20 FEB 2012
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Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 48, Issue 4, pages 208–217, October 2012
How to Cite
Foli, K. J. (2012), Nursing Care of the Adoption Triad. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 48: 208–217. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2012.00327.x
- Issue published online: 25 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 20 FEB 2012
- First Received October 10, 2011; Final Revision received December 2, 2011; Accepted for publication December 8, 2011.
- family health
PURPOSE: This study describes the practice settings and interventions of nurses who care for members of the adoption triad (AT; birth parents, adoptive parents, child).
DESIGN AND METHODS: A 28-item, descriptive, cross-sectional survey was used.
FINDINGS: Ninety-seven (97) nurses provided complete (65) or partial (32) responses. Most frequently reported practice settings were labor, delivery or postpartum unit, and pediatrics. Assessed needs varied by AT members. However, interventions for all members of the triad included emotional support and therapeutic communication.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: The unique placement of advanced practice nurses in various clinical settings allows for contact with members of the AT in vulnerable and crisis periods.