Event Title

Examining Empirical Evidence to Conceptualize the Family Anxiety Construct

Location

CSU Ballroom

Start Date

18-4-2016 2:00 PM

End Date

18-4-2016 3:30 PM

Student's Major

School of Nursing

Student's College

Allied Health and Nursing

Mentor's Name

Norma Krumwiede

Mentor's Department

School of Nursing

Mentor's College

Allied Health and Nursing

Description

Chronic illness is a family affair. Families struggle as they respond and attempt to adapt to the ever changing illness demands. These demands often lead to high levels of stress, uncertainty, and distress that results in anxiety. The purpose of this research was to conduct an integrative research review to examine the nursing construct of Family Anxiety and identify nursing actions that address the families experience throughout the chronic illness. Literature searches were conducted using the CINHAL and ProQuest data bases with the key terms of 'family anxiety', 'nursing actions', 'relationship strain', 'coping', and 'stress' that yielded 286 results from publications dated between 2005 - 2015; 16 studies met the inclusion criteria. The antecedents of Family Anxiety were 'relationship strain' and 'ineffective coping'. The Family Anxiety Construct encourages supporting family throughout the course of the chronic illness trajectory, maintaining normalcy in family life, and coping with the reality of the illness. Clinical practice nurses will be able to utilize this information to create nursing actions to address the anxiety experience for the family.

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Apr 18th, 2:00 PM Apr 18th, 3:30 PM

Examining Empirical Evidence to Conceptualize the Family Anxiety Construct

CSU Ballroom

Chronic illness is a family affair. Families struggle as they respond and attempt to adapt to the ever changing illness demands. These demands often lead to high levels of stress, uncertainty, and distress that results in anxiety. The purpose of this research was to conduct an integrative research review to examine the nursing construct of Family Anxiety and identify nursing actions that address the families experience throughout the chronic illness. Literature searches were conducted using the CINHAL and ProQuest data bases with the key terms of 'family anxiety', 'nursing actions', 'relationship strain', 'coping', and 'stress' that yielded 286 results from publications dated between 2005 - 2015; 16 studies met the inclusion criteria. The antecedents of Family Anxiety were 'relationship strain' and 'ineffective coping'. The Family Anxiety Construct encourages supporting family throughout the course of the chronic illness trajectory, maintaining normalcy in family life, and coping with the reality of the illness. Clinical practice nurses will be able to utilize this information to create nursing actions to address the anxiety experience for the family.

Recommended Citation

Irmiter, Mara. "Examining Empirical Evidence to Conceptualize the Family Anxiety Construct." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 18, 2016.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2016/poster-session-B/25