Coping patterns in latino families of children with asthma

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Introduction: Using the Coping Health Inventory for Parents (CHIP), this study examined coping behaviors in 26 Latino parents of children with asthma. Methods: Correlations and t tests were used to look at variables related to the parents' coping patterns and to compare their frequency of usage of these patterns. Results: The parents in this study were most likely to cope with their child's asthma by making active attempts to understand this condition, doing activities with family members, and maintaining an optimistic perspective. Child and family variables were not significantly associated with parents' usage of coping patterns. Discussion: These results shed light on coping in Latino families of children with asthma and contribute to a growing framework of research and practice regarding health problems in this population. The aforementioned results can enhance health care professionals' understanding of the experiences of these families and help develop and expand culturally sensitive interventions to positively affect their health and psychological needs. © 2011 National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

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Journal of Pediatric Health Care

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