Poster Presentation

Wednesday, July 11, 2007
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Wednesday, July 11, 2007
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM
This presentation is part of : Poster Presentation I
Determination of Factors Affecting Chronic Sorrow in the Parents of Chronically Ill Children
Jane K. Walker, BBA, RN, MSN, Nursing, Walters State Community College, Morristown, TN, USA
Learning Objective #1: describe the phenomenon represented by the concept of chronic sorrow.
Learning Objective #2: describe the possible factors that might affect the experiences of chronic sorrow in parents of children with Down syndrome.


Chronic sorrow represents a natural phenomenon that occurs in parents of chronically ill children.  Quantitative and qualitative endeavors provide evidence in the literature that chronic sorrow exists and occurs in parents of children with multiple disease processes, including cystic fibrosis, diabetes, myelomeningocele, and Down syndrome.  Considering this substantial evidence, interventions for these parents are necessary to afford more positive outcomes.  The purpose of this poster is to describe possible factors that may have affects on the duration and intensity of these feelings.  It is an initial step in forming positive interventions. Using Nursing as Caring theory, the Wellness Model, and relationship propositions from Peplau, multiple regression is used to determine if factors such as mutuality, nurse, dose, caring, presence, and/or connectedness have affects on experiences of chronic sorrow in parents of children with Down syndrome.