Identifying as a Good Parent: Considering the Communication Theory of Identity for Parents of Children Receiving Palliative Care

Title

Identifying as a Good Parent: Considering the Communication Theory of Identity for Parents of Children Receiving Palliative Care

Creator

Weaver MS; Hinds PS; Kellas JK; Hecht ML

Publisher

Journal of Palliative Medicine

Date

2021

Subject

Adolescence; Child; Communication; Compassion; Conceptual Framework; Coping; Family Centered Care; Male; Palliative Care; Parental Attitudes; Parenting; Parents; Pediatric Care; Personality; Professional-Family Relations; Social Identity; Stress; Support; Theoretical models

Description

Background: Parents of seriously ill children are at risk of psychosocial morbidity, which may be mitigated by competent family-centered communication and role-affirming conversations. Parent caregivers describe a guiding desire to do a good job in their parenting role but also depict struggling under the intense weight of parental duty. Objectives and Design: Through this case study, the Communication Theory of Identity (CTI) provides a framework for conceptualizing how palliative care teams can help parents cope with this reality. CTI views communication with care teams as formative in the development and enablement of parental perceptions of their "good parenting" role. Results: Palliative care teams may consider the four frames of identity (personal, enacted, relational, and communal) as meaningful dimensions of the parental pursuit to care well for an ill child. Conclusion: Palliative care teams may consider compassionate communication about parental roles to support the directional virtues of multilayered dynamic parental identity.

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Citation List Month

Special Edition #2

Citation

Weaver MS; Hinds PS; Kellas JK; Hecht ML, “Identifying as a Good Parent: Considering the Communication Theory of Identity for Parents of Children Receiving Palliative Care,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed February 7, 2023, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/18085.

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