Kristen M. Swanson

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  • K M Swanson
  • Journal of women's health & gender-based medicine
  • 2000
Twenty percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Findings are mixed about who is most at risk for a depressive response. The purpose of this study was to develop and test a theory-based path model that would enable prediction of the intensity of women's depressive symptoms at 4 months and at 1 year after miscarriage. The model is based on Lazarus's(More)
Investigators who use phenomenological approaches to understand experiences of human healing, caring, and wholeness need to consider the differences that exist between descriptive and hermeneutic phenomenology. In this article, these two approaches are compared and contrasted with respect to roots, similarities, and differences. Guidelines are offered to(More)
A middle-range theory of caring was inductively derived and validated through phenomenological investigations in three separate perinatal contexts. Caring was described in Study I by 20 women who had recently miscarried, in Study II by 19 careproviders in the newborn intensive care unit, and in Study III by 8 young mothers who had been the recipients of a(More)
  • K M Swanson
  • Image--the journal of nursing scholarship
  • 1993
Assumptions about four main phenomena of concern to nursing (persons/clients, health/well-being, environments and nursing) are presented and an elaboration is made of the structure of a theory of caring. The issues that arise when nursing is viewed as "informed caring for the well-being of others is also examined."
Descriptions of 85 women's feelings about miscarriage at 1, 6, 16, and 52 weeks were inductively coded, rank-ordered, and clustered into 3 responses: healing, actively grieving, and overwhelmed. Women who were actively grieving or overwhelmed at 1 week experienced significantly less distress from 6 weeks on. Responses at 1 week differed with regards to(More)
As part of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) R25 Education Grant Program, a faculty development program for integrating CAM into the nursing curriculum was instituted in 2003-2006. The Integrating CAM program was composed of a number of elements; the primary strategy included a series of 4-week didactic and experiential(More)
The purpose of this paper is to explore nursing's historical legacy as a caring-healing profession, and the meaning, significance, and consequences of optimal healing environments for modern nursing practice, education and research. Described are the core foci of nursing as a discipline: what it means to be a person and experience personhood; the meaning of(More)
Little is understood about parents' experiences following children's moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Using descriptive phenomenology, we explored common experiences of parents whose children were diagnosed with moderate to severe TBI. Parents from across the United States (N = 42, from 37 families) participated in two semistructured(More)
  • K M Swanson
  • Image--the journal of nursing scholarship
  • 1999
PURPOSE To summarize a research-based description of what it is like to miscarry and to recommend an empirically tested theory of caring for women who have experienced miscarriage. DESIGN The research program included three phases: interpretive theory generation, descriptive survey and instrument development, and experimental testing of a theory-based(More)
AIMS The purpose of this randomized controlled clinical trial was to examine the effects of three couples-focused interventions and a control condition on women and men's resolution of depression and grief during the first year after miscarriage. METHODS Three hundred forty-one couples were randomly assigned to nurse caring (NC) (three counseling(More)