An Analysis of Lowes, Gregory, and Lyne's 'Newly Diagnosed Childhood Diabetes: A Psychosocial Transition for Parents?'

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Summary Lowes, Gregory & Lyne (2004) article is the basis for this paper. This article will be used as an example of a study that can be used to evaluate as to its practical usage within a nursing framework. The article itself, suggests that a family transition period occurs after a child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The article looked to find relationships with these emotional and psychological transition periods with the ability to effectively treat and aide in the child's initial recovery from this disease. According to the article, " a diagnosis of childhood diabetes leads to a psychosocial transition for parents. The concept of transition provides a logical explanation of parents' responses to loss, and allows increased understanding of the grieving and adaptation processes experienced by parents of children diagnosed with a chronic condition such as diabetes. This knowledge should help health care professionals to assist parents in the period of transition, "(p.1). To reach these conclusions, this study took on the form of a qualitative analysis. A qualitative longitudinal study utilized series of three interviews which categorized subjects in those diagnosed within 10 days, 4 months and 1 year after diagnosis. To accomplish this, forty audio interviews were given with 38 parents of 20 newly diagnosed children. The Theory of Psychological Transition was applied to the data in explaining the results. The main findings from the researchers suggested that most

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