Strategies for feeling secure influence parents' participation in care

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This study investigates what makes parents of hospitalized children feel secure and factors influencing their level of participation. It also studies, whether the degree to which parents participate affects their child's pain and sleep during hospitalization. Questionnaires were distributed to a series of parents whose children were discharged from two paediatric surgical wards and one paediatric medical-surgical ward at two university hospitals in Sweden. Parental security is almost equally distributed among three given alternatives: security derived from trusting that professionals know how to take care of the child; security derived from having control over what is happening to the child; and security derived from being the one who knows the child best. Depending upon the strategy chosen, parents want to participate at different levels in their child's care. The results indicate a relationship between parental participation and their estimation of their child's pain. The study confirms a pattern, developed in a previous study, in how parents adopt different strategies affecting their participation during their child's hospitalization. Some parents who wanted to participate in more aspects of their child's care seemed to think that their child had less pain than parents who preferred more limited participation.


Research areas and keywords

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  • Nursing


  • security, parental participation, pain, children
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)586-592
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Publication categoryResearch

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Inger Kristensson Hallström, 1999, (Unpublished).

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