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Resilience among caregivers of children with chronic conditions: a concept analysis

Authors Lin F, Rong J, Lee T

Received 16 April 2013

Accepted for publication 31 May 2013

Published 29 August 2013 Volume 2013:6 Pages 323—333


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Fang-Yi Lin, Jiin-Ru Rong, Tzu-Ying Lee

Department of Nursing, School of Nursing, National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China

Abstract: The purpose of this concept analysis is to uncover the essential elements involved in caregivers' resilience in the context of caring for children with chronic conditions. Walker and Avant's methodology guided the analysis. The study includes a literature review of conceptual definitions of caregiver resilience in caring for children with chronic conditions. The defining attributes and correlates of caregiver resilience are reviewed. Concept analysis findings in a review of the nursing and health-related literature show that caregiver resilience in the context of caring for chronically ill children can be defined within four main dimensions, ie, disposition patterns, situational patterns, relational patterns, and cultural patterns. Empiric measurements of the impact of caregiver resilience applied to caregivers with children with chronic conditions are also reported in the analysis. The findings of this concept analysis could help nurses and health care providers to apply the concept of caregiver resilience in allied health care and be applied to further studies.

Keywords: caregiver resilience, children, chronic conditions, concept analysis

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