Toward a Science of Family Nursing. Gilliss CL, Highley BL, Roberts BM, et al (eds), Reading, Mass, Addison-Wesley Publishing Co, 1989, 501 pages, $49.95, hardback.
This book is addressed to nurse researchers who are interested in family nursing. Each chapter contains an integration of the current research and theory applied to the topic. The book is divided into four sections: issues in family nursing care and research; factors influencing family health; transitions in family life cycle; and promoting family health during chronic illness. Each section contains four to six chapters on specific topics.
The print and layout of each chapter makes reading highly complex subjects easy. Tables and figures assist the reader in capturing an overview of key topics, methods of research, instruments being used, and major findings in individual studies. The authors provide concise, comprehensive coverage of major theory. Each chapter provides nursing implications of the research, which is summarized, and points out future tions for nursing research. The brief mary at the end of each chapter helps reader to decide if the chapter contains interesting material. Extensive bibliographies are provided at the end of each chapter for those wishing additional information.
The introductory chapters of each tion provide an overview of family for elderly as well as younger family members. Six of the chapters address older adult family problems and include the families' responses to cancer, illness, diabetes mellitus, mental illness, Alzheimer's disease, palliative nursing, and suicide and the elderly. This book should be required reading fer graduate students in gerontology.
Although it is directed toward nurse researchers and requires a background in family to understanding many of the issues, a nurse clinician would find this book useful for its concise overviews of current research and bibliographies. It is a beautifully illustrated book and a rich resource of information on family responses to health concerns.