Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Juanita K. Manning-Walsh

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Phillips

Third Advisor

Sally Vliem


Asthma is one of the most prevalent chronic childhood conditions in the United States today. It affects nearly 5 million children in the U.S. and is the leading cause of school absenteeism (Englund, Rydstrom, &Norberg, 2001; Yoos &McMullen, 1996). While a child's diagnosis of asthma has the most impact on the child, childhood asthma also affects the entire family. This paper will identify stressors felt by families with asthmatic children and the ways in which these families adapt to incorporate asthma into their daily lives. After these stressors have been identified, a plan of care will be developed to aid the nurse in helping families of children with asthma to adapt to the new stressors in their lives.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only