Transfer of asthma management responsibility from parents to their school-age children

J Pediatr Nurs. 2004 Feb;19(1):3-12. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2003.09.002.


This study used grounded theory to explore the process of transfer of responsibility for asthma management from parents to their school-age children. Interviews were conducted with 11 mothers, 2 fathers, 1 grandmother, and their 14 children who were between 8 and 13 years old. Responses revealed that transfer of responsibility within families is a complex, uneven process that occurs over years and involves identifiable stages and transitions. The Theoretical Model for Parent-Child Transfer of Asthma Responsibility emerged from the data. The central concept underlying the process was controlling the situation. Specific cues stimulated changes in parent-child responsibility.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Asthma / psychology*
  • Asthma / therapy*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Midwestern United States
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Parenting / psychology*
  • Patient Education as Topic* / methods
  • Self Care*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires