Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Barbara Goddard


This study measured the perceptions of 27 parent-nurse dyads on important family needs when transitioning home from the hospital. Participants answered a questionnaire at a single point in time after their child's admission to the hospital. The hospitalized children, between zero to three years old, had or were at risk for developing a chronic health condition. The alpha coefficient for reliability of the Family Needs Survey instrument was .82 for the total parent scale and .81 for the total nurse scale. High levels of agreement were found between parents and nurses on important family needs. Two significant perceptual discrepancies were uncovered related to parental needs for "finding more time for themselves" and "getting any special equipment or services" their child might need in the future. Data analyses revealed no characteristics in nurses that were associated with high or low levels of perceptual congruency. However, families with two or more siblings of the hospitalized child were more likely to have higher levels of perceptual congruency with nurses on important family needs than those with zero or one other child.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Chronically ill children -- Home care
Chronically ill children -- Services for
Parents -- Attitudes
Nurses -- Attitudes




South Dakota State University



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