Catching the asthma: family care for school-aged children with asthma

J Pediatr Nurs. 1998 Dec;13(6):356-66. doi: 10.1016/S0882-5963(98)80024-9.


The purpose of this study was to explore how families with school-aged children diagnosed with asthma incorporate asthma care into their daily lives. Twelve families with a school-aged child who had asthma participated in this study. Data collection involved a series of three in-depth interviews with family members in which the process of catching the asthma before it gets out of hand was uncovered, clarified, and validated. Learning the ropes, dealing with asthma, and coming to terms with asthma are the tasks engaged in by parents and their children to catch the asthma.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adolescent
  • Asthma / nursing
  • Asthma / psychology*
  • Child
  • Family / psychology*
  • Health Education
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events
  • Self Care