Date of Award
College of Nursing
Complementary and alternative therapies (CAT) are being used by increasing numbers of individuals as both self-care and dependent-care strategies. Nursing leadership is needed to provide guidance and support to individuals using CAT Nurse-client relationships that center on therapeutic alliance may be a vehicle for supporting appropriate use of CAT as self-care and dependent care modalities. Eighty-seven mothers whose asthmatic children were involved in a 6-month glyconutritional supplementation trial were surveyed to evaluate their perceptions of therapeutic alliance using the Kim Alliance Scale (KAS). Greater that 90% of the sample perceived therapeutic alliance most of the time in relationship with the research nurse. Therapeutic alliance scores were then correlated with “measure of change” scores to determine relationships between these two variables. There was no statistically significant relationship between variables.
VanderWal, Mary C., "Examination of Therapeutic Alliance and Dependent-Care Agency in the Context of Complementary and Alternative Therapy Utilization by Mothers for Their Children with Asthma" (2002). Masters Theses. 562.