Development of a Theoretical Approach for Nursing Practice With Persons Experiencing Infertility

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163752
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Development of a Theoretical Approach for Nursing Practice With Persons Experiencing Infertility
Author(s):
Olshansky, Ellen
Author Details:
Ellen Olshansky, DNS/DNSc/DSN, Assistant Professor, Duquesne University, School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, email: olshansky@duq.edu
Abstract:
The purpose of this paper is to present the development of a theory of identity as infertile, generated from a series of six grounded theory research studies. This theory was then integrated with concepts from an existing theoretical approach to women's psychological development in order to develop a theoretically sound, research-based intervention to assist women to cope with the stressful emotional aspects of infertility. This paper presents the formulation of the clinical- and research-based theoretical framework that serves as the foundation for the development of the intervention. The specific aim of this program of research was to generate theory that could provide a basis for helping women cope with the distressing aspects of infertility. The framework for the individual studies was symbolic interactionism, which is the philosophical foundation for the method of grounded theory. Through the method of grounded theory research, a theoretical framework was generated, termed "identity of self as infertile." Beyond the actual infertility, even for those who conceive, adopt, choose to be childfree, or who have not resolved their infertility, this identity as infertile has some effect on them. A concurrent theoretical framework developed by scholars at the Stone Center at Wellesley College was termed "self-in-relation," later renamed "relational/cultural theory," emphasizing that healthy psychological development occurs through healthy relationships with others within a social/cultural context. Healthy relationships include mutuality, empathy, reciprocity, connectedness, and authenticity. By integrating aspects of the theory of "identity as infertile" with "relational/cultural theory," the P.I. has generated an explanation for how one's relationships influence and are influenced by one's identity as infertile. The combined method of generating and building theory through a series of grounded theory studies and integrating that theory with a recently developed theory of women's psychological development has contributed significant results. These results are seen in the development of a theoretical approach to serve as the foundation for an intervention, consisting of a series of counseling/therapy sessions for women, focused on strengthening aspects of a woman's relationships and her identity of self, and hence, her ability to cope with infertility. The implications of the project include: contributing a new approach to understanding a significant women's health issue; providing direction for further research in women' identity, relationships, and infertility; and generating a theoretical framework that will assist in the development of an intervention for women coping with infertility; and developing a theoretical approach to may apply to other women's health issues.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2001
Conference Name:
ENRS 13th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleDevelopment of a Theoretical Approach for Nursing Practice With Persons Experiencing Infertilityen_GB
dc.contributor.authorOlshansky, Ellenen_US
dc.author.detailsEllen Olshansky, DNS/DNSc/DSN, Assistant Professor, Duquesne University, School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, email: olshansky@duq.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163752-
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this paper is to present the development of a theory of identity as infertile, generated from a series of six grounded theory research studies. This theory was then integrated with concepts from an existing theoretical approach to women's psychological development in order to develop a theoretically sound, research-based intervention to assist women to cope with the stressful emotional aspects of infertility. This paper presents the formulation of the clinical- and research-based theoretical framework that serves as the foundation for the development of the intervention. The specific aim of this program of research was to generate theory that could provide a basis for helping women cope with the distressing aspects of infertility. The framework for the individual studies was symbolic interactionism, which is the philosophical foundation for the method of grounded theory. Through the method of grounded theory research, a theoretical framework was generated, termed "identity of self as infertile." Beyond the actual infertility, even for those who conceive, adopt, choose to be childfree, or who have not resolved their infertility, this identity as infertile has some effect on them. A concurrent theoretical framework developed by scholars at the Stone Center at Wellesley College was termed "self-in-relation," later renamed "relational/cultural theory," emphasizing that healthy psychological development occurs through healthy relationships with others within a social/cultural context. Healthy relationships include mutuality, empathy, reciprocity, connectedness, and authenticity. By integrating aspects of the theory of "identity as infertile" with "relational/cultural theory," the P.I. has generated an explanation for how one's relationships influence and are influenced by one's identity as infertile. The combined method of generating and building theory through a series of grounded theory studies and integrating that theory with a recently developed theory of women's psychological development has contributed significant results. These results are seen in the development of a theoretical approach to serve as the foundation for an intervention, consisting of a series of counseling/therapy sessions for women, focused on strengthening aspects of a woman's relationships and her identity of self, and hence, her ability to cope with infertility. The implications of the project include: contributing a new approach to understanding a significant women's health issue; providing direction for further research in women' identity, relationships, and infertility; and generating a theoretical framework that will assist in the development of an intervention for women coping with infertility; and developing a theoretical approach to may apply to other women's health issues.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:13:12Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:13:12Z-
dc.conference.date2001en_US
dc.conference.nameENRS 13th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationAtlantic City, New Jersey, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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