Coping Kit for Parents


Serious pediatric illness places great stress on families. Parents who learn coping skills may better manage these stressors. We developed a brief, flexible stress management intervention that could be made available to parents of children with serious illness at pediatric hospitals with minimal staff training or time commitment. In a pilot test, the majority of parents of children hospitalized with serious illness used the kit enthusiastically. Future work will assess the feasibility of having hospital staff (e.g. social workers, psychologists, or nurses) implement the Coping Kit in specific units of the hospital and determine whether the Coping Kit has a measureable impact in improving parent psychosocial state, stress, and parenting self-efficacy.

Coping Kit

Coping Kit Manual