Screening for Anxiety in Siblings of Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Chairperson

Dr. Michelle Cole

Committee Member

Dr. Joanne Gatti-Petito

Committee Member

Dr. Barbara Edelheit


Background: Pediatric chronic illnesses can have a tremendous impact on children and their parents. Education and support is typically focused on the child and parents of those newly diagnosed with diabetes, cancer, renal failure, asthma, arthritis and other illnesses of childhood, often leaving siblings out of this important aspect. Siblings are not usually included in the support process afforded the parents and patient. This raised the question of whether siblings of children with arthritis have anxiety related to the unknowns of their sibling's diagnosis. Objective: To screen for anxiety and examine the influences of demographics on self-reported anxiety levels among a sample of siblings of children diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Design: A non-random, exploratory design to screen for anxiety among a purposive sample (N=27) siblings of children diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis.


A practice dissertation presented to the faculty of the College of Nursing, Sacred Heart University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice.