Family Support: A Concept Analysis

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Ni Putu Kamaryati
Porntip Malathum


                Although family support is a widely used concept, its meaning is still ambiguous and confusing with other terms related to social support. From a literature review, family support has not been found to have undergone a concept analysis. This article aimed to clarify the meanings of the family support concept and to generate an operational definition of this term that could be used in research. A literature search was undertaken using various databases and using Walker and Avant’s method of concept analysis. Keywords used in the search were: family, support, family support, and concept analysis of family support. Twenty-nine studies in English were selected for the analysis.

                 Three critical attributes of family support arose from the analysis comprising assistance provided by the family to members in need, multidimensional aspects including emotional, instrumental, and informational, and a reciprocal relationship between a giver and a receiver. Borderline, related, and contrary cases are presented to differentiate family support from others. Antecedents of the concept include family relationship, stressful life events, and limited capacity, whereas the consequences include family functioning, adaptation, adherence to disease management, and quality of life. Understanding this concept can help health professionals measure the concept precisely and apply for research in the population that needs support from the family to promote desirable outcomes.

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Kamaryati NP, Malathum P. Family Support: A Concept Analysis . PRIJNR [Internet]. 2020 Jul. 9 [cited 2022 Sep. 28];24(3):403-11. Available from:
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