Boundary ambiguity in parents with chronically Ill children: Integrating theory and research

Jerica M. Berge, Kristen E. Holm

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Abstract

This article integrates theory and research related to boundary ambiguity in parents of children with a chronic health condition. We propose that boundary ambiguity is a risk factor for psychological distress in these parents. Clinical applications and a case example highlight how boundary ambiguity can be assessed and managed in clinical settings by professionals working with parents with chronically ill children. Questions are provided for assessing boundary ambiguity in clinical and research settings, and implications for research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-134
Number of pages12
JournalFamily relations
Volume56
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007

Keywords

  • Boundary ambiguity
  • Child chronic health conditions
  • Childhood illness
  • Contextual model of family stress

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