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01-02-2018 | Original Paper

Mental Health of Parents of Children with Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome in Brazil

Auteurs: Luana Elayne Cunha de Souza, Tiago Jessé Souza de Lima, Erlane Marques Ribeiro, André Luiz Santos Pessoa, Thamyres Costa Figueiredo, Luiza Barbosa Porto Lima

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 4/2018

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Abstract

This study aims to analyze the potential impact of taking care of a child with congenital Zika virus syndrome (CZS) on the mental health of parents. Specifically, three objectives were formulated: (a) to assess the level of mental health of the parents; (b) to examine the influence of subjective well-being and fatigue as predictors of parents’ mental health; and (c) to identify the impact of sociodemographic variables on parents’ mental health. Sixty-nine mothers (Mage = 26.38; SD = 6.23) and 17 fathers (Mage = 31.41; SD = 7.57) of children diagnosed with CZS took part in this study. They answered a questionnaire containing measures of positive and negative affects, life satisfaction, fatigue, mental health, as well as sociodemographic questions. The results indicated that approximately 7% of the participants had low levels of mental health and probable emotional disorder. In addition, higher levels of fatigue and negative affects and lower levels of life satisfaction significantly predict a lower level of mental health. Finally, comparative analysis showed significant differences between fathers and mothers: mothers reported experiencing fewer positive and more negative affects, a lower level of satisfaction with life, a higher level of fatigue and worse mental health. In summary, this article presents an overview of the mental health of mothers and fathers of children with CZS and points the way to devising strategies for psychological intervention that promote the adaptation of parents to this kind of developmental disability in the family.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Mental Health of Parents of Children with Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome in Brazil
Auteurs
Luana Elayne Cunha de Souza
Tiago Jessé Souza de Lima
Erlane Marques Ribeiro
André Luiz Santos Pessoa
Thamyres Costa Figueiredo
Luiza Barbosa Porto Lima
Publicatiedatum
01-02-2018
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 4/2018
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-017-0969-0

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