• Adult children of alcoholics: An ethnographic study

      Aamodt, Agnes M.; Ackerley, Jane (The University of Arizona., 1989)
      This study explored the cultural knowledge of the adult who identified, through remembrances and behavior, their childhood experiences with an alcoholic parent. Ethnographic interviews were conducted with four adult children of an alcoholic father. Data were analyzed for relevant domains of meaning and cultural themes. Four cultural themes were identified from the data: (1) A lot of negative things happen when you have an alcoholic parent, (2) There are ways to take care of an alcoholic, (3) You learn to live with secrecy, (4) We sometimes make the same mistakes but we try not to. Recommendations for nursing practice based on the experiences of the adult child of an alcoholic are presented as well as recommendations for further research.
    • The cancer experience: perceptions of surviving siblings

      Aamodt, Agnes M.; Burlington, Katherine Ann; Aamodt, Agnes M.; Young, Katherine; Farrell, Fran; Iles, Penny; Aamodt, Agnes M. (The University of Arizona., 1980)
    • The physiological effects of a nursing intervention of intermittent human tactile contact on preterm infants

      Aamodt, Agnes M.; Neal, Diana Odland (The University of Arizona., 1988)
      The purpose of this study was to assess if preterm infants receiving an intervention of intermittent human tactile contact would demonstrate clinical improvement over infants who did not receive the intervention. A quasi-experimental design was used with 26 infants between 28 and 32 weeks gestation. Hands were placed on the infants' heads and lower backs for a total of 36 minutes of tactile contact a day for 10 days. Findings indicated a significant gain in mean body weight for both groups between Day 0 and Day 10. Also, there was a significant decrease in mean hematocrit in the control group between Day 0 and Day 10. On Day 10, experimental infants had a significantly higher mean number of apneic and bradycardic episodes than control infants. There were no significant mean differences between the groups for body weight, body temperature stability, oxygen variance, or hematocrit. Data suggest that gentle human touch may be correlated with desireable outcomes. Further research is necessary.
    • Self-care knowledge that informs mothers' behaviors during the enculturation of their daughters regarding breast self-examination

      Aamodt, Agnes M.; Mayer, Patricia Lynn Sorci (The University of Arizona., 1987)
      Five Tucson, Arizona, mothers of adolescent daughters participated in exploratory, descriptive nursing research employing ethnographic interviews during July, 1987, to determine what cultural knowledge informs the behaviors of mothers as they enculturate their daughters regarding Breast Self-Examination (BSE). Five major taxonomies of cultural knowledge emerged: "Caring For Yourself Means Surviving As A Species"; "Being Unsure, Thinking 'Why Bother?'   "; "It Can't Happen To Me"; "If I Don't Know About It, It Isn't There"; and "It's Unnatural To Touch Yourself." Six pairs of conflicting cultural themes both presented BSE as a self-care means to promote human-species survival and simultaneously accounted for women's BSE non-compliance via their uncertainty over BSE techniques, sense of invulnerability to cancer, fear of uncovering disease, and unease with their own bodies. Nursing intervention should reinforce positive cultural knowledge about the female breasts which could be communicated by mothers to their daughters along with procedural knowledge in promoting BSE practice.