Family as a factor in cerebral palsy prevention

Polovina-Prološčić, Tajana and Vidović, Vesna and Polovina, Andrea (2008) Family as a factor in cerebral palsy prevention. Collegium antropologicum, 32 (1). pp. 137-142. ISSN 0350-6134 (Print)

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The aim of the study was to assess maternal perception of family impact on the course and outcome of rehabilitation in children with cerebral motor impairment. The study included 135 children with cerebral motor impairment. Their motor development was followed-up over a one-year period by use of structured interview with the children's mothers after 12-month rehabilitation. The course of rehabilitation was assessed by the method of locomotor system functional evaluation. The improvement achieved in motor development was significantly better in the group of children whose mothers found their relationships with extended family excellent than in those whose mothers considered it good or poor. The study showed that mothers to children with cerebral motor impairment frequently feel the lack of extended family support, being it real or perceived as such by the mothers due to their emotional sensitivity, suggesting the need of additional studies of the reasons for this. These findings indicate that greater attention should be paid by health professionals to the psychological support offered to these mothers.

Item Type: Article
MeSH: Cerebral Palsy - rehabilitation ; Exercise Therapy ; Family Relations ; Mothers - psychology ; Child ; Child, Preschool ; Female ; Humans ; Locomotion ; Male ; Maternal Behavior ; Social Support
Departments: Katedra za psihijatriju i psihološku medicinu
Depositing User: Boris Čičovački
Status: Published
Polovina-Prološčić, TajanaUNSPECIFIED
Polovina, AndreaUNSPECIFIED
Date: March 2008
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2011 16:10
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