The family's experience of living with a child with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Abstract

An ethnographic inquiry was conducted to better understand the experience of families living with a child with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Participant-observation and in-depth interviews were used to collect data. Six themes emerged as primary descriptors of the experience: (a) Disillusionment: The Erosion of the Hope for Normalcy; (b) Society Confirms the Impossibility of Normalcy; (c) Dynamics of the Family: Who's Disabled Anyway?; (d) A Smaller World; (e) Letting Go or Hanging On; and (f) Things Must Change. Implications of these themes are discussed in terms of need for counseling and support services for families, in-service education for health professionals, and activities for children diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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@article{Gagliardi1991TheFE, title={The family's experience of living with a child with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.}, author={Barbara A Gagliardi}, journal={Applied nursing research : ANR}, year={1991}, volume={4 4}, pages={159-64} }