Year of Publication

2015

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Leslie Scott

Clinical Mentor

Deborah Howard

Committee Member

Dr. Mollie Aleshire

Abstract

Pediatric healthcare providers across the country care for many children with complex chronic diseases. Many of these children are not developmentally mature enough to manage their disease process, leaving the parent of the chronically ill child to manage their disease. The parent of the chronically ill child may experience stress related to their child’s illness, termed pediatric parenting stress, and may have difficulty dealing with this stress (Streisand, Kazak, & Tercyak, 2003). The manuscripts in this Practice Inquiry Project further investigate the relationship between pediatric parenting stress and the health of the parent and the chronically ill child. The instruments used to measure pediatric parenting stress are also examined as well as their use in parents of children with different chronic illnesses. Finally, pediatric parenting stress is examined in a small cohort of parents of children with type 1 diabetes, the results of the data are examined, and the practice implications of this data for pediatric healthcare providers are discussed.

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