The lived experience of hope in parents of critically ill children
AuthorWilkinson, Annie Meyer
Critical Illness -- psychology.
Parents -- psychology.
AdvisorHaase, Joan E.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractA phenomenological approach was used to explore the lived experience of hope in parents of critically ill children. Three mothers who had seriously ill children in a pediatric intensive care unit participated in the study unfolding rich descriptions of their experience. Interviews were audio-tape recorded and an adaption of Colazzi's eightstep method was used to analyze the data. Five major theme categories were identified which include coming to terms with having a critically ill child, the struggle, strategies to sustain hope, the changing faces of hope, and taking in and sifting through: moving toward acceptance. An essential structure was developed. Hope is described as a crucial dynamic force which parents clung to and fought for throughout the experience.
Degree ProgramGraduate College