Waves of family hope: Narratives of families in the context of pediatric chronic illness

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Abstract

Objective: to analyze narratives about the experience of hope of families in the context of pediatric chronic illness. Method: a narrative research using Family Systems Nursing as a conceptual framework. Three families of children and adolescents diagnosed with complex chronic illness participated in this study, totaling 10 participants. Data collection was developed using family photo-elicitation interviews. Family narratives were constructed and analyzed according to inductive thematic analysis with theoretical data triangulation. Results: the analytical theme – Waves of Family Hope in the Context of Pediatric Chronic Illness – is composed of four different types of hope: uncertain hope, caring hope, latent hope, and expectant hope. Movement through these hopes generates a driving energy and depends on a number of factors: support, information, searching for normality, and thoughts and comparisons. Conclusion: the results highlight the interaction and reciprocities of the members of the family unit, and the dynamics of hope, and illustrate the different types of hope and the factors that influence them. This study highlights the experience of hope as a family resource rather than just an individual resource, and supports health professionals in the planning of family care considering hope as an essential and dynamic family resource.

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Leite, A. C. A. B., García-Vivar, C., Demontigny, F., & Nascimento, L. C. (2021). Waves of family hope: Narratives of families in the context of pediatric chronic illness. Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem, 29. https://doi.org/10.1590/1518-8345.5515.3504

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