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Predictors of Self-Care in Adolescents With Cystic Fibrosis: A Test of Orem's Theories of Self-Care and Self-Care Deficit
Journal of Pediatric Nursing
  • Lois K. Baker, Cedarville University
  • M. J. Denyes
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
2-1-2008
DOI
10.1016/j.pedn.2007.07.008
Abstract
Pediatric nurses often struggle to find ways to encourage adolescents with cystic fibrosis (CF) to engage in self-care that is essential to their health and life. A study of predictors of self-care was conducted to provide a stronger evidence base for nursing practice with these youth. Orem's theories of self-care and self-care deficit were tested to explain and predict the universal and health deviation self-care of 123 adolescents with CF. Four dimensions of self-care agency emerged as predictors of universal self-care, two of which were also predictive of health deviation self-care. Seventy percent of the variance or change in universal self-care scores and 40% of health deviation self-care variance were explained. Clarification and extension of Orem's theories were also an important outcome. Development of nursing interventions designed to strengthen predictors of universal and health deviation-specific self-care identified in this research holds the potential to improve length and quality of life for adolescents with CF.
Keywords
  • Pediatric nursing,
  • cystic fybrosis
Citation Information
Lois K. Baker and M. J. Denyes. "Predictors of Self-Care in Adolescents With Cystic Fibrosis: A Test of Orem's Theories of Self-Care and Self-Care Deficit" Journal of Pediatric Nursing Vol. 23 Iss. 1 (2008) p. 37 - 48
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lois_baker/61/