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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/166317
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The experience of being an adolescent with a chronically ill single mother
Author(s):
Green, Sheila
Author Details:
Sheila Green, PhD, Tennessee Technological University School of Nursing, Cookeville, Tennessee, USA, email: sgreen@tntech.edu
Abstract:
The aim of this study was to describe the experience of adolescents who live with a chronically physically ill mother. Phenomenology, a qualitative method of inquiry, was used to generate rich descriptive data. Purposive sampling was utilized. Eight informants were recruited from those who were referred by health care professionals who work with the chronically ill. All of the informants were adolescents ages 13 to 15 years, who had a single mother who had a diagnosis of a chronic illness. Face to face interviews were conducted to answer the grand tour question "What is it like to be an adolescent with a single chronically ill mother?". The interviews continued until a saturation point for the individual interview was reached. All interviews were audiotaped and transcribed verbatim. Themes were extracted from the transcriptions and organized into clusters by two independent researchers. Four main thematic clusters were identified. These clusters include; Social Isolation, Responsibilities, Overinvolvement, and Worry/Fear of loss. Social Isolation was a clear and distinct issue with all of the adolescents. Peers are very important to adolescents and these adolescents were extremely limited in their contacts with others as a result of the focus on dealing with the mother's illness and its limiting factors. Overinvolvement was seen in all of the adolescents as the adolescents lives revolved around meeting the needs of the mothers at the expense of their own. The adolescent's expressed that their life experiences were "hard" and their Responsibilities in the daily maintenance of their lives were overwhelming. Most of the adolescents voiced Worry and Fear about their mother's death and their own futures. These concepts will be used in a future research study to further describe the adolescent responses to having a single chronically ill mother. The similarities of the responses by the adolescents were striking and indicate that commonalities in the life experiences of these adolescents can be readily identified. Nurses can utilize these data to plan and implement clinical management strategies to support these adolescents.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
Feb 29 - Mar 2, 1996
Conference Host:
Southern Nursing Research Society
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 FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe experience of being an adolescent with a chronically ill single motheren_GB
dc.contributor.authorGreen, Sheilaen_US
dc.author.detailsSheila Green, PhD, Tennessee Technological University School of Nursing, Cookeville, Tennessee, USA, email: sgreen@tntech.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/166317-
dc.description.abstractThe aim of this study was to describe the experience of adolescents who live with a chronically physically ill mother. Phenomenology, a qualitative method of inquiry, was used to generate rich descriptive data. Purposive sampling was utilized. Eight informants were recruited from those who were referred by health care professionals who work with the chronically ill. All of the informants were adolescents ages 13 to 15 years, who had a single mother who had a diagnosis of a chronic illness. Face to face interviews were conducted to answer the grand tour question "What is it like to be an adolescent with a single chronically ill mother?". The interviews continued until a saturation point for the individual interview was reached. All interviews were audiotaped and transcribed verbatim. Themes were extracted from the transcriptions and organized into clusters by two independent researchers. Four main thematic clusters were identified. These clusters include; Social Isolation, Responsibilities, Overinvolvement, and Worry/Fear of loss. Social Isolation was a clear and distinct issue with all of the adolescents. Peers are very important to adolescents and these adolescents were extremely limited in their contacts with others as a result of the focus on dealing with the mother's illness and its limiting factors. Overinvolvement was seen in all of the adolescents as the adolescents lives revolved around meeting the needs of the mothers at the expense of their own. The adolescent's expressed that their life experiences were "hard" and their Responsibilities in the daily maintenance of their lives were overwhelming. Most of the adolescents voiced Worry and Fear about their mother's death and their own futures. These concepts will be used in a future research study to further describe the adolescent responses to having a single chronically ill mother. The similarities of the responses by the adolescents were striking and indicate that commonalities in the life experiences of these adolescents can be readily identified. Nurses can utilize these data to plan and implement clinical management strategies to support these adolescents.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T14:44:42Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T14:44:42Z-
dc.conference.dateFeb 29 - Mar 2, 1996en_US
dc.conference.hostSouthern Nursing Research Societyen_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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