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Acculturation and ICU stress among Chinese/Chinese- American parents.


A descriptive study was conducted to explore the relationships among family variables (acculturation, social support), uncertainty regarding the child's illness, stress perception, and stress responses (sleep disturbance, fatigue) of Chinese/Chinese American parents with a child in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Four sets of data were collected: (1) child's medical records, (2) Parental Stress Scale: Infant Hospitalization, General Sleep Disturbance Scale (GSDS), Suinn-Lew Acculturation Scale, Family Support Scale, (3) sleep diary with the Numerical Rating Scale-Fatigue, and (4) wrist actigraphy. Participants were recruited from five intensive care units (ICUs) in the San Francisco Bay Area.