Fathers parenting chronically ill children: concerns and coping strategies


Fathers parenting chronically ill children: concerns and coping strategies


Hovey JK


Issues Compr Pediatr Nurs




PedPal Lit; Adaptation; Psychological Adult; Attitude to Health Child Child Welfare Choice Behavior Chronic Disease/; Non-U.S. Gov't Social Support Spouses/psychology Time Management; Psychological Nursing Methodology Research Parenting/psychology Problem Solving Questionnaires Research Support; psychology Family Health Father-Child Relations Fathers/; psychology Health Services Needs and Demand Helping Behavior Humans Male Middle Aged Midwestern United States Models


The concerns and coping strategies of fathers with chronically ill children and those they perceived as their wives' were identified. In this descriptive study of fathers of chronically ill children seen in three specialty clinics of a pediatric hospital, 48 completed the Hymovich Family Perception Inventory (FPI). Eighty-five percent or more identified seven concerns for themselves and perceived their wives to have seven concerns. Four of the concerns were the same as their own. Four coping strategies were identified as used by more than 85% of the fathers and 3 by their spouses. Two strategies were the same for both groups; all dealt with problem solving and information gathering. Nurses can address fathers' concerns and support them in the use of positive coping strategies, which supports family-centered care.


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Hovey JK, “Fathers parenting chronically ill children: concerns and coping strategies,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed March 2, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/13617.