Furthering the understanding of parent-child relationships: A nursing scholarship review series. part 4: Parent-child relationships at risk

Lori S. Anderson, Susan K. Riesch, Karen A. Pridham, Kristin Lutz, Patricia T. Becker

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PURPOSE. The purpose of this integrative review is to synthesize nursing scholarship on parent-child relationships considered fragile because of parent/child's chronic condition or occurrence within a risky context. CONCLUSIONS. Most reviewed studies demonstrated negative effects of risk conditions on parent-child relationships and documented importance of child, parent, and contextual variables. Studies were predominately single investigations. Varying theoretical perspectives complicated interpretation. Mainly White, middle-class, and small samples limited generalizability. Important areas for further research were identified. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. Nurse researchers identified factors that may interfere with the parent-child relationship. Nurses are in a position to support families under these circumstances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-134
Number of pages24
JournalJournal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010



  • Nursing
  • Parent-child relation
  • Risk assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics

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