TITLE

Internet Parent Support Groups for Primary Caregivers of a Child with Special Health Care Needs

AUTHOR(S)
Baum, Lynda S.
PUB. DATE
September 2004
SOURCE
Pediatric Nursing;Sep/Oct2004, Vol. 30 Issue 5, p381
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Little is known about the efficacy of Internet Parent Support Groups (IPSGs). This exploratory study describes factors related to use of Internet Parent Support Groups (IPSGs) by primary caregivers of Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSI-ICN). An Internet survey was administered to 114 participants using stress and coping theory as a guide for measuring perceived satisfaction, stressors, social support, personal characteristics, appraisal, positive and negative emotion, coping, timing, somatic health, physical functioning, family relationships, and well-being. The majority of participants not only obtained what they sought, but found more than expected in terms of insight and people to trust. The strongest outcome factor related to satisfaction was improved caregiver-CSI-ICN relationship, and nearly 90% of the sample suggested participating in an IPSG as soon as possible. Nurses may want to consider IPSGs as an adjunct for social support in this population.
ACCESSION #
14812607

 

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