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Philip Darbyshire

In: Interpretive Phenomenology: Embodiment, Caring, and Ethics in Health and Illness

Chapter 10: Parenting in Public: Parental Participation and Involvement in the Care of their Hospitalized Child

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Parenting in Public: Parental Participation and Involvement in the Care of their Hospitalized Child
Parenting in public: Parental participation and involvement in the care of their hospitalized child
PhilipDarbyshire

The desirability of encouraging parents to live in with their hospitalized child is widely accepted. In the latest U.K. government report, Welfare of Children and Young People in Hospital (U.K. Department of Health, 1991), it is stated that “A cardinal principle of hospital services for children is complete ease of access to the child by his parents, and to other members of the family…. This is not a luxury” (p. 16). This chapter examines the meaning of this “cardinal principle” for both live-in parents and pediatric nurses.

Hospitalization has long been recognized as a potentially stressful experience for both ...

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