Parenting stress among mothers of Malaysian children with cerebral palsy

Predictors of child- and parent-related stress

L. C. Ong, I. Afifah, A. Sofiah, M. S. Lye

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    A hospital study was carried out to compare parenting stress among 87 Malaysian mothers of children with cerebral palsy and a control group (comprising 87 mothers of children without disability who attended the walk-in paediatric clinic), using the Parenting Stress Index (PSI) questionnaire. Multiple regression analysis was used to determine socio-demographic and medical factors associated with child-domain stress (CDS) and parent-domain stress (PDS). Mothers of children with cerebral palsy scored significantly higher than control subjects on all sub-scales of CDS and PDS (p < 0.01), except for the sub-scale of 'role restriction'. The presence of cerebral palsy (p < 0.001) and activities of daily living (ADL) scores (p < 0.001) were significantly associated with CDS. Factors predictive of PDS were ADL scores (p < 0.001), number of hospitalizations over the past year (p = 0.024), level of maternal education (p = 0.018) and Chinese mothers (p < 0.001). Although this study demonstrated that Malaysian mothers of children with cerebral palsy experienced higher levels of stress than controls, the impact of cerebral palsy per se on parenting stress was modified by other factors such as increased care-giving demands, low maternal education and ethnic background. Habilitation should be directed at easing the burden of daily care, minimizing hospital re-admissions and targeting appropriate psychosocial support at specific subgroups to change parental perception and expectations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)301-307
    Number of pages7
    JournalAnnals of Tropical Paediatrics
    Volume18
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 1998

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    Cerebral Palsy
    Mothers
    Activities of Daily Living
    Education
    Hospitalization
    Rehabilitation
    Regression Analysis
    Demography
    Pediatrics
    Control Groups

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    Parenting stress among mothers of Malaysian children with cerebral palsy : Predictors of child- and parent-related stress. / Ong, L. C.; Afifah, I.; Sofiah, A.; Lye, M. S.

    In: Annals of Tropical Paediatrics, Vol. 18, No. 4, 12.1998, p. 301-307.

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