"Good-Parent Beliefs": Research, concept, and clinical practice

Meaghann S. Weaver, Tessie October, Tessie October, Chris Feudtner, Chris Feudtner, Pamela S. Hinds

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Parents of ill children have willingly identified their personal beliefs about what they should do or focus on to fulfill their own internal definition of being a good parent for their child. This observation has led to the development of the good-parent beliefs concept over the past decade. A growing qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research base has explored the ways that good-parent beliefs guide family decision-making and influence family relationships. Parents have expressed comfort in speaking about their goodparent beliefs. Whether parents achieve their unique good-parent beliefs definition affects their sense of whether they did a good job in their role of parenting their ill child. In this state-of-the-art article, we offer an overview of the good-parent beliefs concept over the past decade, addressing what is currently known and gaps in what we know, and explore how clinicians may incorporate discussions about the good-parent beliefs into clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20194018
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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