Furthering the understanding of parent-child Relationships: A nursing scholarship review series. Part 1: Introduction

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

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PURPOSE. Understanding the parent-child relationship is fundamental to nursing of children and families. The purpose of this integrative review is to explore nursing scholarship published from 1980-2008 concerning parent-child relationships. Study approaches are examined, critiqued, and future directions for research identified. CONCLUSIONS. A historical review of nursing research is presented and methods described as an introduction to a review series of the parent-child relationship. IMPLICATIONS. Definition and explication of the parent-child relationship is a first-step in understanding factors amenable to nursing intervention. A clear definition of the concept of parent-child relationship will support further study using appropriate theoretical frameworks, and enable development and testing of supportive nursing interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-261
Number of pages6
JournalJournal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009



  • Nursing
  • Object attachment
  • Parent-child relations
  • Parenting
  • Parents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics

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