Experiences in children of critically ill parents: A time of emotional disruption and need for support

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The purpose of this phenomenologic study was to describe effects of a parental critical care hospitalization on the family as viewed by children. Interviews were conducted with eleven male phenomenologic techniques and showed these four major themes: (1) emotional turmoil, (2) family disruption, (3) need for support, and (4) minor illnesses. These disruptions are strong and need to be treated through nursing interventions.

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