Lee, Hye Jin, & Mi-Ae You (2020, April). Mothers’ experiences of caring for children with precocious puberty: A Q-methodological approach. Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing, 50(2), 255-270. [Korean] (doi: 10.4040/jkan.2020.50.2.255) (Open Access: https://jkan.or.kr/Synapse/Data/PDFData/0006JKAN/jkan-50-255.pdf)

Abstract: Purpose: This study explored experiences of mothers caring for children with precocious puberty. Methods: Q-methodology was used for analyzing individual subjectivity. Seventy Q-statements were selected and scored by 50 participants on an 11-point scale. The collected data were analyzed using the PC QUANL program. Results: The following eight types of care experiences of mothers of children with precocious puberty were identified: Type I-1: hypersensitive and best-result oriented, Type I-2: treatment burden, Type II-1: treatment-oriented, Type II-2: self-blame, Type III-1: accepting and compliant, Type III-2: treatment confused, Type IV-1: serious and engaged, and Type IV-2: naturalism-oriented. Conclusion: These results can help develop specific education programs based on types of care experiences for the promotion of care among mothers of children with precocious puberty.

Mi-Ae You <dew218@ajou.ac.kr> is in the Research Institute of Nursing Science, College of Nursing, Ajou University, Suwon, Korea.