Predictors of parenting stress in mothers of children with spina bifida

Kanaheswari P. Yoganathan, N. N A Razak, V. Chandran, L. C. Ong

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Study design:Prospective cross-sectional multidimensional study using clinical assessment and standard measures.Objectives:To determine the medical and social factors associated with parenting stress among mothers of children with spina bifida.Setting:Spina bifida clinics of two tertiary hospitals in urban Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Methods:A total of 81 mothers of children aged 1-18 years completed the Parenting Stress Index-Short Form (PSI/SF). Each child's adaptive skills were assessed using the Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales (VABS), Interview Edition. Medical and social data were obtained from direct interviews and case note reviews. Hierarchical multiple regression analysis was used to investigate factors that were determinants for high scores in the parental distress (PD), difficult child (DC) and parent-child dysfunctional interaction (P-CDI) subdomains of the PSI/SF. Results were expressed as beta coefficient (Β) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs).Results:Single- parent families (Β 8.6, 95% CI 3.4-13.9) and the need for clean intermittent catheterization of bladder (Β 3.5, 95% CI 0.7-6.2) were associated with high PD scores. Clean intermittent catheterization (Β 3.0, 95% CI 0.5-5.5) was associated with higher DC scores. Lower composite VABS scores (Β 0.08, 95% CI 0.02 to 0.15) and mother as the sole caregiver (Β 2.6, 95% CI 0.15-4.96) was associated with higher P-CDI scores.Conclusion:The need for clean intermittent catheterization was the only medical factor associated with parenting stress in mothers of children with spina bifida. This was mediated by single parenthood, caregiver status and the child's adaptive skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-380
Number of pages5
JournalSpinal Cord
Volume49
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

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Spinal Dysraphism
Parenting
Mothers
Intermittent Urethral Catheterization
Confidence Intervals
Psychological Adaptation
Caregivers
Single-Parent Family
Interviews
Malaysia
Tertiary Care Centers
Urinary Bladder
Cross-Sectional Studies
Parents
Regression Analysis
Prospective Studies

Keywords

  • adaptive skills
  • clean intermittent catheterization
  • parenting stress
  • single parent
  • spina bifida

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology

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P. Yoganathan, K., Razak, N. N. A., Chandran, V., & Ong, L. C. (2011). Predictors of parenting stress in mothers of children with spina bifida. Spinal Cord, 49(3), 376-380. https://doi.org/10.1038/sc.2010.125

Predictors of parenting stress in mothers of children with spina bifida. / P. Yoganathan, Kanaheswari; Razak, N. N A; Chandran, V.; Ong, L. C.

In: Spinal Cord, Vol. 49, No. 3, 03.2011, p. 376-380.

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P. Yoganathan, K, Razak, NNA, Chandran, V & Ong, LC 2011, 'Predictors of parenting stress in mothers of children with spina bifida', Spinal Cord, vol. 49, no. 3, pp. 376-380. https://doi.org/10.1038/sc.2010.125
P. Yoganathan, Kanaheswari ; Razak, N. N A ; Chandran, V. ; Ong, L. C. / Predictors of parenting stress in mothers of children with spina bifida. In: Spinal Cord. 2011 ; Vol. 49, No. 3. pp. 376-380.
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