Int J Nurs Sci
Child; Critical illness; Emotional support; Negative emotions; Parents; Psychological state
Objectives: The purpose of this study was to describe relationships between negative emotions and perceived emotional support in parents of children admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU).
Methods: This cross-sectional descriptive study conducted face-to-face interviews between January 2019 and January 2020. Study variables included depression (PHQ-9 Scale), anxiety (Emotional Distress-Anxiety-Short Form 8a), anger (Emotional Distress-Anger-Short Form 5a), fear (Fear-Affect Computerized Adaptive Test), somatic fear (Fear-Somatic Arousal-Fixed Form), loneliness (Revised 20-item UCLA Loneliness Scale), and perceived emotional support (Emotional Support-Fixed Form).
Results: Eighty parents reported symptoms of depression 8.00(4.00, 13.75), anxiety (23.43 ± 7.80), anger (13.40 ± 5.46), fear (72.81 ± 27.26), somatic fear 9.00(6.00, 12.75), loneliness (39.35 ± 12.00), and low perceived emotional support (32.14 ± 8.06). Parents who were young, single, low-income, and with limited-post secondary education reported greater loneliness and lower perceived emotional support. Fear correlated with depression (
Conclusions: The cluster of negative emotions identified will serve as potential targets for future interventions designed to enhance support for parents of critically ill children.
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Phillips, B., Theeke, L. A., & Sarosi, K. (2021). Relationship between negative emotions and perceived support among parents of hospitalized, critically ill children.. Int J Nurs Sci, 8 (1). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnss.2020.10.001