The Relationships Among Family Management Behaviors and Asthma Morbidity in Maternal Caregivers of Children With Asthma

Linda Gibson-Young, Anne Turner-Henson, Lynn B Gerald, David E. Vance, David Lozano

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Numerous studies have identified the relationship of the family caregiver’s perception regarding asthma management and the child’s asthma outcomes, although few have examined family caregiver asthma management behaviors. The primary aim of this study was to examine the relationship among family management behaviors and asthma morbidity as perceived by maternal caregivers. The Family Management Style Framework was used to guide the research. Maternal caregivers (N = 101) with school-aged children diagnosed with persistent asthma and living in the United States were recruited from a specialty asthma clinic. When caregivers perceived they were expending much effort on their child’s asthma management and were not confident in their ability to perform management activities, the child’s asthma outcomes were worse. This is the first study to examine family management behaviors with maternal caregivers of school-aged children with asthma. Findings from this study encourage health care providers to tailor each educational opportunity with families to improve child asthma outcomes. An ongoing effort must be made to include families in asthma management. Health care partnerships between provider and family can lead to improved asthma management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)442-461
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Family Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 27 2014



  • asthma
  • childhood
  • family management
  • Family Management Style Framework
  • outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Family Practice

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