Parenting asthmatic children: Identification of parenting challenges

Morawska, Alina, Stelzer, Jennifer and Burgess, Scott (2008) Parenting asthmatic children: Identification of parenting challenges. Journal of Asthma, 45 6: 465-472. doi:10.1080/02770900802040050

Author Morawska, Alina
Stelzer, Jennifer
Burgess, Scott
Title Parenting asthmatic children: Identification of parenting challenges
Journal name Journal of Asthma   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0277-0903
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02770900802040050
Volume 45
Issue 6
Start page 465
End page 472
Total pages 8
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Abstract Asthma is the most common chronic illness of childhood, affecting up to 14% of children. Poor asthma management and non-adherence to treatment regimens are a pervasive problem in this population and are related to exacerbation of symptoms. Effective management of pediatric asthma involves a complex set of interactions between the parent and child, yet there is a paucity of literature examining these interactions. The main purpose of this study was to identify the child behavior and asthma management tasks parents experience difficulty with. It was hypothesized that the more asthma behavior problems reported, the more problems parents experience in asthma management tasks. Participants in this study were 255 parents of 2-to 10-year-old asthmatic children, recruited via an advertisement placed in school newsletters throughout Australia. Results indicated that the most problematic child asthma behaviors were oppositional behavior, hyperactivity, and aggression, and anxiety was also identified by parents as a concern. The main problematic asthma parenting tasks were entrusting the school, entrusting caregivers, identifying unique symptoms, and identifying and avoiding triggers. More problem asthma behaviors were associated with higher levels of parenting difficulty and more general levels of behavior problems. Parents who reported more dysfunctional parenting styles reported more difficulties with their child's asthma behavior. Based on the results it is suggested that an appropriate parenting intervention program would target basic behavioral management skills, in addition to applying these behavior management principles to asthma management.
Keyword Asthma management
Child behavior
Family intervention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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