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Cerebral palsy and psychosocial stress a follow up study of mothers having a child with cerebral palsy



Cerebral palsy and psychosocial stress a follow up study of mothers having a child with cerebral palsy



Psychotherapie Psychosomatik Medizinische Psychologie 38(2): 96-102



A follow-up study of 60 mothers having a child with a cerebral palsy, needing physiotherapy (after Bobath). Psychosocial stress and coping of these mothers are described. Fears for the child's future proved to be mostly too serious. The stress was often followed by loser relationship in the family, especially between child and mother. One quarter of the mothers complained about insufficient social support. Social support as well as coping depended on social and educational factors. Mothers of middle and upper social classes as well as those having a child with a more severe degree of cerebral palsy showed more alloplastic coping strategies. The results are compared with a similar study.

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