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Adaptation of parents in relation to their 6-month-old infant's type of disability.
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PMID:  10494463     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The adaptation of parents to a disabled infant was studied in relation to the type of disability presented by the baby. Participants were divided according to three types of disability and one control group: patents of infants with (1) Down's syndrome (DS), (2) congenital heart disease (CHD), (3) a cleft lip and/or palate (CLP), and (4) no disability (ND). The data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire given to each parent 6 months after the birth of their baby. The measures included parenting stress, stress appraisal, and psychological distress. Overall, the results indicate that parents of infants with DS and parents of infants with CHD report greater levels of parenting stress and psychological distress than parents of babies with CLP or non-disabled infants. Mothers were found to report greater levels of stress and distress overall, but differences across diagnostic groups were similar for mothers and fathers. The implications of the findings for theory and clinical intervention are discussed.
D Pelchat; N Ricard; J M Bouchard; M Perreault; J F Saucier; M Berthiaume; J Bisson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child: care, health and development     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0305-1862     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Care Health Dev     Publication Date:  1999 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-10-21     Completed Date:  1999-10-21     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7602632     Medline TA:  Child Care Health Dev     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  377-97     Citation Subset:  IM    
Département de Psychiatrie, Université de Montréal, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Cleft Lip
Cleft Palate
Disabled Children*
Down Syndrome
Family Health*
Heart Defects, Congenital
Parent-Child Relations*
Stress, Psychological*

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