Nurse's Perceptions of Family Dynamics in Caring for Children with Anorexia Nervosa: Reports of Care Experiences

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Lucy Camarena, BSN, RN
Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA, USA

The research in this paper looked at nurses’ perspectives on family dynamics in caring for children with anorexia nervosa in the clinical setting. The purpose of this exploratory investigation was to identify common family dynamics for families with a child with anorexia nervosa from nurses’ perspective in a variety of clinical settings. The research questions included: How do nurses describe mother and teen relationships? How do nurses observe interrelatedness in between the family members? How do mothers and teens relationship differ between those with AN and those without? The participants included nurses working in the Bay Area in pediatrics. The exploratory investigation consisted of using surveys that will collect both quantitative and open-ended information.

Keywords: Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Teens, Family therapy, individual therapy.