Creating meaning: Adult children's decision to withdraw life support from an ill parent

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/291473
Title:
Creating meaning: Adult children's decision to withdraw life support from an ill parent
Author:
Ferguson, Georgia Marie, 1952-
Issue Date:
1991
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Ethnographic interviews with four adult children revealed four domains: "Quality of Life"; "Doing the Right Thing"; "Staying Strong"; and "Impact of Decision" they used to create meaning for their decision to withdraw life support from an ill parent. The domains were analyzed and eight cultural themes were discovered: The decision is much easier when the family know what the person would want; the decision should include family input; health care providers can be/are a source of support and information for the family; doing the right thing is important for the family; as death approaches, the family needs extra support from others, when death is imminent the family has difficulty "letting go" and "staying strong"; feelings of guilt; and the impact of life patterns associated with loss. The significance of this data can be used by nursing in assisting families faced with the decision to withdraw life support towards healthy grieving patterns.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Health Sciences, Mental Health.; Health Sciences, Education.; Health Sciences, Nursing.
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Nursing
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Jones, Elaine B.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleCreating meaning: Adult children's decision to withdraw life support from an ill parenten_US
dc.creatorFerguson, Georgia Marie, 1952-en_US
dc.contributor.authorFerguson, Georgia Marie, 1952-en_US
dc.date.issued1991en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractEthnographic interviews with four adult children revealed four domains: "Quality of Life"; "Doing the Right Thing"; "Staying Strong"; and "Impact of Decision" they used to create meaning for their decision to withdraw life support from an ill parent. The domains were analyzed and eight cultural themes were discovered: The decision is much easier when the family know what the person would want; the decision should include family input; health care providers can be/are a source of support and information for the family; doing the right thing is important for the family; as death approaches, the family needs extra support from others, when death is imminent the family has difficulty "letting go" and "staying strong"; feelings of guilt; and the impact of life patterns associated with loss. The significance of this data can be used by nursing in assisting families faced with the decision to withdraw life support towards healthy grieving patterns.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectHealth Sciences, Mental Health.en_US
dc.subjectHealth Sciences, Education.en_US
dc.subjectHealth Sciences, Nursing.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineNursingen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorJones, Elaine B.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest1343689en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b26843857en_US
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