Parent caregivers of technology-dependent children are often stressed from providing complex and demanding care for their child in the home. This study is one of the first to test ways of helping them manage this unique type of day-to-day stress while juggling their other family and household responsibilities.
The goal is to test the effectiveness of a Resourcefulness Training© (Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, 1995) intervention for reduction of long-term stress and improved mental and physical health outcomes, by providing instruction on help-seeking and self-help skills. During face-to-face meetings, a study team member collects hair samples to measure cortisol levels and administers questionnaires to examine the impact of the intervention on mental health, physical health, and family functioning over six months.
This study is funded by National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Nursing Research, R15NR017302 (Resourcefulness Intervention for Parents of Technology-Dependent Children)