Parental role conflict

Parental role conflict

As a parent, it is natural to experience some level of conflict in your role. However, when this conflict becomes chronic and interferes with your ability to effectively parent your child, it can have negative consequences on both the parent and child. Parental role conflict is a NANDA nursing diagnosis that addresses this issue.

NANDA Nursing Diagnosis Definition

Parental role conflict is defined as a state in which a parent experiences difficulty in fulfilling their role as a parent due to conflicting demands and responsibilities.

Defining Characteristics


  • Expresses feelings of guilt, frustration, or disappointment related to parenting
  • Reports difficulty in balancing work and family responsibilities
  • Demonstrates ineffective coping strategies, such as substance abuse or neglect of self-care


  • Inability to meet the needs of the child
  • Ineffective communication or problem-solving skills within the family
  • Chronic stress or depression

Related Factors

  • Lack of social support
  • Financial strain
  • Mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety
  • Chronic illness or disability
  • Single-parenting or blended family dynamics
  • Work-life imbalance

Risk Population

  • Single parents
  • Parents with chronic illness or disability
  • Parents experiencing financial strain
  • Parents with mental health issues
  • Parents in blended families

Associated Problems

  • Neglect of self-care and self-improvement
  • Poor physical and emotional health
  • Stress and depression
  • Inability to effectively parent and meet the needs of the child

Suggestions of Use

  • This diagnosis should be used in conjunction with more specific diagnoses, such as Ineffective Coping or Risk for Injury, to address specific issues related to the parental role conflict.
  • Be sensitive to cultural and individual differences when working with parents and assessing their role conflicts.

Suggested Alternative NANDA Diagnoses

  • Ineffective Coping
  • Risk for Injury
  • Risk for Caregiver Role Strain
  • Impaired Parenting

Usage Tips

  • Assess the parent’s support system and resources available to them.
  • Encourage the parent to identify and utilize coping strategies that work for them.
  • Refer the parent to community resources, such as counseling or support groups, as needed.

NOC Results

  • Parenting Self-Efficacy: The parent’s belief in their ability to effectively parent their child
  • Family Problem Solving: The ability of the family to effectively solve problems and conflicts
  • Family Coping: The ability of the family to effectively cope with stress and adversity

NIC Interventions

  • Supportive Care: Providing emotional support and encouragement to the parent
  • Problem Solving Assistance: Teaching the parent effective problem solving and communication skills within the family
  • Resource Identification: Assisting the parent in identifying and utilizing community resources to support their role as a parent


Parental role conflict can have negative consequences on both the parent and child. By identifying and addressing this issue through a NANDA nursing diagnosis, healthcare professionals can support parents in fulfilling their role effectively and improving the well-being of both parent and child.


What causes parental role conflict?

Parental role conflict can be caused by a variety of factors, including lack of social support, financial strain, mental health issues, chronic illness or disability, and work-life imbalance.

How can healthcare professionals address parental role conflict?

Healthcare professionals can address parental role conflict by assessing the parent’s support system and resources, encouraging the use of coping strategies, and referring the parent to community resources as needed.

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