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Title: The psychological impact of a dying child on Chinese family members
Authors: Lai Cheng, ACG
Wong, TKS
Zhang, ZX
Martinson, IM
Keywords: Child
Dying
Chinese
Family care
Issue Date: Aug-2003
Publisher: Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Nursing
Source: Asian journal of nursing studies (亞洲護理學雜誌), Aug. 2003, v. 6, no. 3, p. 10-20 How to cite?
Journal: Asian journal of nursing studies (亞洲護理學雜誌) 
Abstract: This study aimed to examine the psychological impact of a dying child on Chinese family members. Twelve parents of children with fatal illnesses were interviewed in hospital by a nursing doctoral student. The data were analysed by methods used in grounded theory research and common themes regarding family's responses were identified. They were: (1) parents' feelings of shock and disbelief, including the Chinese concept of yuan; (2) parents' depression and uncertainty; (3) parents' feelings of dissatisfaction; (4) family's conflicts and confusion including the use of Chinese herbs; and (5) healthy siblings' responses and feelings of being ignored. The impact on family functioning included decreasing participation in social activities, the family's being afraid of their future lives affected by fengshui and having more family conflicts. Whether parents were able to adjust well depended upon their marital relationship, the availability of social support, individuals' endurance, and their commitment to religious practices. The findings have implications for nursing practices in counseling dying children and their family members, in teaching communication skills to parents, and working with teachers at schools.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/2495
ISSN: 1022-2464
Rights: © 2003 School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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