The impact of chronic illness on family and schooling of pre-adolescents with asthma

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The impact of chronic illness on family and schooling of pre-adolescents with asthma


Author: Wong, Mun-ching Miranda
Title: The impact of chronic illness on family and schooling of pre-adolescents with asthma
Year: 2001
Subject: Asthma in children -- China -- Hong Kong
Parent and child -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of Nursing and Health Sciences
Pages: iv, 87 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
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Abstract: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airway. The prevalence of school children with asthma in Hong Kong is around 10 % for aged 7 years and 8 % for aged 8-10years. Asthma is a potentially fatal condition. The airway obstruction is widespread but reversible. Having asthma may have a substantial impact on the daily living of both the children and their families, and causes limitations to daily functioning and school attendance. It is a norm for parents to take their children to see a GP whenever their children have health problems. At the same time, the parents are also using the hospital services for their convenience. Consequently, the compliance of those patients to the medical treatments is questioned. This study is to explore the parents' response to children's asthma, and the impact of asthma on the suffering children's self-esteem and schooling. In this study, descriptive exploratory design is employed. One hundred and fifteen pair of subjects including parents and their asthmatic children age 6-12 years were recruited for this study in the asthma clinic of the outpatient department at 2 HA hospitals. The researcher interviewed both parent and child and the questionnaire was completed. The study results revealed that some parents of the asthmatic children had discouraged them to use the inhaled steroids in a daily basis to prevent an acute asthma attack, for the fears of side effects. The results revealed that parents with lower education level were more negatively responded to the conflicts in the family, and they had more fears about their children's future. The implications of this study such as health education to both parents and child are suggested, and nursing research in future direction is recommended.

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