Date of Award

Spring 5-1990

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Committee Director

Linda L. Davis

Committee Member

Elaine R. Dimino

Committee Member

Betty Alexy

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.N8P67


The purpose of this study was to explore the concept of coping with a cystic fibrosis (CF) child and to define coping strategies from the perspective of the mother. The research design was based upon a phenomenological approach with analysis of transcribed, semi-structured interviews with mothers of CF children. A purposive sample of eight mothers with CF children were interviewed to explore the maternal CF experience. Each interview was tape recorded and followed up with a phone call to allow the mothers to add additional information, if so desired. Data analysis consisted of reviewing each typed, verbatim transcript to categorize mother's coping responses and to identify common, recurring themes. Nine themes of mother-defined coping emerged. From the major recurrent themes, a conceptual model of maternal coping with the experience of having a CF child was developed.


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