I Was Scared: Voices of vulnerable parents

The purpose of this phenomenological study was to understand how parents with limited financial resources cared for their children during times of illness. What does it mean to be a poor or vulnerable parent taking care of a sick child?


Understanding how parents with limited financial resources cared for their children during times of illness was the focus of this inquiry. The concept of resilience guided selection of parents known to be vulnerable and "doing well" in caring for their children. Phenomenology was used to structure the inquiry. The power of knowing, taking action, finding support, and being there alone emerged as themes through a lens of being scared. These parents present some harsh realities of caring for ill children in situations of vulnerability, as well as glimmers of hope and strength as they take positive actions to create nurturing environments that are potentially resilient.

This publication has been peer reviewed.
Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Neal, Maggie T. PhD, RN; Parks, Peggy L. PhD; Diaconis, Linda MS, RN; Omotosho, Samson MA, RN
Year of Publication: 
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
Family & Community Health
Williams & Wilkins
Date Published: 
Wednesday, January 15, 1997
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