Comparison of life quality in mothers of children with cerebral palsy and normal children

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Sayyed Ali Mousavi 1 , Fariba Ajang 2 , Habibolah Khazaei 3 , behnam khaledipaneh 4 , *

1 Dept. of Psychology, Farabi hospital, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran

2 Dept. of Psychology, Payam-e-Noor university, Kermanshah, Iran

3 Dept. of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran

4 Dept. of Psychiatric Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran

How to Cite: Mousavi S A, Ajang F, Khazaei H, khaledipaneh B. Comparison of life quality in mothers of children with cerebral palsy and normal children , J Kermanshah Univ Med Sci. 2014 ; 18(9):e74021. doi: 10.22110/jkums.v18i9.1927.

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Journal of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences: 18 (9); e74021
Published Online: December 29, 2014
Article Type: Original Article
Received: June 30, 2014
Accepted: November 25, 2018
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Abstract

Background: Parenting a child with cerebral palsy is associated with a number of challenges. The purpose of the present research was to compare the  life quality in mothers of children with cerebral palsy and normal children.

Methods: In this case-control study, 105 mothers of children with cerebral palsy were randomly selected as the experimental group and 105 mothers of normal children that were matched with the first group in terms of demographic variables were selected as control group. The participants answered the quality of life questionnaire)SF-36). The collected data were analyzed by SPSS-18 statistical software and independent t-test.

Results: Analysis of findings showed that there was a significant difference between whole life quality of mothers of normal children and mothers of children with cerebral palsy (t=6.324, p=0.001). Also, there was a significant difference between groups in other domains of quality of life except physical health domain (p=0.001).

Conclusion: The research findings showed that whole life quality level of mothers of children with cerebral palsy was lower than that of mothers of normal children. Thus, clinical professionals should be concerned about poor quality of life in parents of children with cerebral palsy and provide the required resources to support these children.

Keywords

cerebral palsy quality of life physical health mental health

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