Title

Asthma Management by Preschool Children and Their Families: A Developmental Framework

ISBN or ISSN

0277-0903

Volume

33

Issue

5

Publication Date / Copyright Date

1-1996

First Page

299

Last Page

311

Publisher

Taylor & Francis Inc.

DOI Number

10.3109/02770909609055371

Abstract

Sixty-one low-income, African-American mothers of preschool children with asthma were interviewed about asthma management. Additionally, 15 nurses provided information for a developmental schedule of asthma self-management activities. Most children had been diagnosed with asthma prior to age 18 months. Children participated in asthma management by 20 months, yet their mothers did not expect them to be able to manage their asthma by school age. Mothers expended considerable effort in coordinating asthma management with others. We suggest that asthma education with this population promote developmentally appropriate parent-child partnerships and effective involvement of family members and secondary settings.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

Keywords

African Americans, Asthma, Caregivers, Preschool, Family Health, Patient Education, Poverty, Self Care

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