Stories of restitution: Family experiences of diagnosis and help-seeking for a child with cerebral palsy

Journal article


Emmanuel Asante, Lymn, J. S. and Diver, C. 2023. Stories of restitution: Family experiences of diagnosis and help-seeking for a child with cerebral palsy. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 69, pp. 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2022.12.010
AuthorsEmmanuel Asante, Lymn, J. S. and Diver, C.
Abstract

Background

The experience of living with children with CP is dominated by the voice of the mother while others are rarely reported. Incorporation of the voices of other family members is important for a holistic understanding.

Methods

Drawing on the philosophical perspectives of pragmatism, generic qualitative methodology, and Frank's narratives, this article highlights how restitution was constructed by 30 family members.

Findings

They constructed restitution by hoping for a cure through either biomedical and/or alternative models of treatment, followed by intransitive and transcendent restitution.

Discussion

This appears to be the first time that restitution has been extended to families living with children with chronic illnesses.

Application to practice

This would mean that paediatric nursing professionals and other health professionals dealing with family members living with children with CP could attend to their stories in an open and focused manner to honour and validate their stories as well as their experiences.

KeywordsCerebral palsy; Restitution; Families; Pragmatism
Year2023
JournalJournal of Pediatric Nursing
Journal citation69, pp. 1-7
PublisherElsevier
ISSN0882-5963
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2022.12.010
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2022.12.010
Output statusPublished
Publication dates10 Jan 2023
Publication process dates
Deposited27 Oct 2023
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