Screening for Anxiety in Siblings of Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Dr. Michelle Cole
Dr. Joanne Gatti-Petito
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.
Cusano-Sanzo, Maria, "Screening for Anxiety in Siblings of Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis" (2016). Nursing Dissertations. 16.
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.