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Title: Children and adolescents living with atopic eczema : an interpretive phenomenological study with Chinese mothers
Authors: Cheung, Winnie K. H.
Lee, Regina Lai-tong
Subjects: Atopic eczema
Chinese mothers
Interpretive phenomenology
Issue Date: Oct-2012
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Source: Journal of advanced nursing, Oct. 2012, v. 68, no. 10, p. 2247-2255.
Abstract: Aim. This article is a report on a phenomenological study of Chinese mothers’ experiences of caring for their children who were living with atopic eczema.
Background. A mother’s attitude and personality may have a direct influence on her child’s adherence to treatment for atopic eczema. Thus, good communication between healthcare professionals and the mother is essential. Treatment and care should also be culturally appropriate.
Methods. Using an interpretive phenomenological method, 14 interviews were conducted in Hong Kong, China from September 2007 to August 2008, with nine mothers caring for their children who were living with atopic eczema. Crist and Tanner’s circular process of hermeneutic interpretive phenomenology was chosen to guide the data analysis.
Findings. Mothers’ coping patterns involved persistently dealing with enduring demands and seeking alternative therapies that were aimed at curing the disease. Four themes finally emerged from the data: (1) dealing with extra mothering, (2) giving up their life, (3) becoming an expert and (4) living with blame and worry. Mothers’ coping patterns involved persistently finding ways to relieve their children’s suffering with the aim of curing the disease and dealing with their own emotions related to the frustration resulting from giving up their life and living with blame and worry.
Conclusion. The study findings provide nurses with an empathic insight into mothers’ feelings and the enduring demands of caring for children with atopic eczema, and help nurses to develop culturally sensitive interventions, reinforce positive coping strategies, increase family function and improve health outcomes.
Rights: © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Cheung, W. K. H. and Lee, R. L. T. (2012). Children and adolescents living with atopic eczema: An interpretive phenomenological study with chinese mothers. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(10), 2247-2255, which has been published in final form at
Type: Journal/Magazine Article
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05915.x
ISSN: 1365-2648 (online)
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