The Adaptation of Mothers and Fathers to Children With Cystic Fibrosis: A Comparison

Sue Nagy, Judy A. Ungerer

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    Abstract

    This study compared the adjustment of mothers and fathers who have a child with cystic fibrosis On most scales mothers, but not fathers, were found to have significantly poorer mental health than the general population Both mothers and fathers’ perceptions of the stresses associated with rearing children with cystic fibrosis were related to their mental health Fathers mental health was also related to their wives’ concerns about rearing children with cystic fibrosis The support of fathers appeared to protect mothers from the stress associated with cystic fibrosis, especially when fathers placed a high value on child-rearing activities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)147-154
    Number of pages8
    JournalChildren's Health Care
    Volume19
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1990

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