The Parenting Competency Framework: Learning to be a Parent of a Child With Asthma

Document Type

Journal Article


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine / WA Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care




This article was originally published as: Maltby, H. J., Kristjanson, L., & Coleman, M. E. (2003). The parenting competency framework: Learning to be a parent of a child with asthma. International journal of nursing practice, 9(6), 368-373. Original article available here


Every parent who faces an illness in their child might doubt their competence to care. When a chronic illness is diagnosed, competence can be severely challenged because of the sustained and multiple disruptions to daily life. A conceptual framework entitled ‘Learning to be a Parent of a Child with Asthma’ was developed from the results of a descriptive phenomenological study completed in Perth, Western Australia. It describes the stages of challenges to competency that parents experience as they learn to care for their asthmatic children. The impact of this illness on parents and the extent to which they are able to help their children respond to the demands of asthma are critical components in understanding the effect of this disease on parental competency. Insight into parental competency and the relationship to chronic illness will help health professionals provide the support and information needed by parents to manage asthma in their children.




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