Afro-American parents' perception and management of fever in their school-age child

Document Type



Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor's Name

Martha Velasco Whetsell

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Douglas Coffin

Third Advisor's Name

Dr. Erik Juan

Date of Defense



Most families and children have coped with fever at least once in their lifetime regardless of ethnicity or culture. The purpose of this descriptive study was to describe how Afro-American parents' perceive and manage fever in their school age child. Roy's Adaptation model was used to guide this study. A convenient sample of 50 Afro-American parents of children ages 6-12 years was selected for this study. Parents were explained this study and asked to complete the questionnaire, based on their school age child. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and chi-square, where applicable. Findings revealed that Afro-American parents, in this study, had misconceptions concerning the beginning of fever, the height of fever, harmful affects of fever and believing that all fevers needed to be treated. Many Afro-American's in this study overtreated fever. All these misconceptions are areas which nurses can provide parents with current information.



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