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Title: The emotional adjustment of children and their parents to paediatric hospitalisation : an assessment of a preparation approach
Author: Strachan, Rebecca G.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1992
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This study reports on an investigation of the emotional adjustment of children and their parents to paediatric hospitalisation for planned ear, nose and throat surgery. The assessment of an experimental approach to preparation, which tests the efficacy of a fresh appraisal of preparation for planned surgery is presented. The cornerstone of the preparation initiative adopted for the study is that of addressing the individual needs of child and parent as they prepare to enter hospital for elective surgery. This discriminating approach to preparation is studied using combined methods. An experimental design is applied to test whether a relationship exists between the independent variable; that is, the approach to preparation for paediatric hospitalisation; and the dependent variable; that is the degree of stress and anxiety experienced by the child and his or her parent throughout the process. Combined method is applied to the present study with the aim of tapping the uniquely individual experience of child and parent at a time of heightened stress. The very rich harvest of qualitative data is analysed using the approach of discourse analysis within a hermeneutic phenomenological framework. The theoretical framework which underpins the study is the Stress and Coping Paradigm. This model reflects the dynamic process of parent and child coping throughout the experience. The findings support the efficacy of the approach to preparation introduced by this study. Implications for the development of nursing knowlege are presented.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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