Erla Kolbrún Svavarsdóttir

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This purpose of this study was to examine the relationships between caregiving demands, family system demands, and parental coping behavior in 71 families who had an infant 1 year of age or younger diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. Data for this descriptive correlational study were collected in the parents' homes. Mothers spent the most caregiving(More)
AIM This paper is a report of a study to investigate the correlates of physical and psychological health in a general population-based sample of Icelandic women who experienced abuse in close relationships. BACKGROUND Most studies examining the health concerns associated with intimate partner abuse have been based on clinical populations; however, their(More)
The purpose of the study was to determine the feasibility of conducting a family level intervention study in a clinical setting: (a) by evaluating nurses' and families' attitude towards the intervention and (b) assess the impact of the intervention on parents' wellbeing, coping behaviour, hardiness and adaptation. The research is descriptive-longitudinal(More)
AIM This aim of this study to identify the incidence of violence against women seeking healthcare services and evaluate the use of clinical guidelines to identify interpersonal violence. METHODS A cross-sectional survey was carried out. Data were collected over a period of 7 months in 2005 and 2006. The samples consisted of 14 nurses, 10 midwives and 208(More)
AIMS This paper reports a study to evaluate caregiving demands among mothers and fathers of children with cancer, parents' well-being, and how the parents perceive the health status of their child over a period of 18 months. BACKGROUND Cancer among children has psychological impact on all family members. Most previous research has focused on distress,(More)
Clinical nurses, teachers, and researchers in the Nordic countries are faced with increasing expectations in identifying their contribution to knowledge development in family nursing at national and international levels. In this paper, I provide an insight into the contribution of Nordic nurses to family centred care (family system nursing), present(More)
The relationships of family demands, caregiving demands, sense of coherence (SOC), and family hardiness (FH) with parents' well-being was evaluated in 76 families (75 mothers and 62 fathers) of young children (infant to 6 years) with asthma. The Resiliency Model of Family Stress, Adjustment and Adaptation (McCubbin, M., & McCubbin, 1993, 1996) was the(More)
This study measures the attitudes of the psychiatric nurses, after having received an education and training intervention program (ETI-PROGRAM) in family systems nursing, towards the importance of the families in their care. Nurses' knowledge of the impact that family nursing intervention can have on family members may increase positive attitudes towards(More)
The primary purpose of this exploratory, cross-sectional study was to determine the degree of agreement between parents' and adolescents' rating of adolescents' asthma-related quality of life (QOL). A secondary aim was to compare the degree of agreement between parent-adolescent dyads in two countries; 15 dyads each were recruited from Kentucky and Iceland.(More)
Methodological and statistical challenges have been identified in family research when the parental dyad is under study. The purposes of this article are to review the literature on methodological and statistical procedures in research on families, and to introduce an analysis technique that is new to the nursing literature, the actor-partner(More)