Parental Stress and Social Support of Caregivers of Children With Cerebral Palsy

  • Mayara Barbosa Sindeaux Lima Universidade Federal do Pará
  • Vagner dos Santos Cardoso Universidade Federal do Pará
  • Simone Souza da Costa Silva Universidade Federal do Pará

Abstract

Stress and social support are relevant variables for understanding the impact of disability on the care relationship. Thus, this study investigates the association between the parental stress index, social support indicators, and the sociodemographic variables of caregivers of children with cerebral palsy in a capital city of the Eastern Amazon. The following instruments were applied to 100 caregivers: the Sociodemographic Inventory, the Gross Motor Function Classification System, the Parenting Stress Index, and the Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey. For data analysis, descriptive statistics were used, in addition to techniques of multivariate analysis. It was found that most participants had high parental stress and a high perception of social support. Specific aspects of the perception of social support and sociodemographic indicators were associated with stress. This knowledge favors the design of more assertive interventions because it outlines the aspects of these variables that appear to have a more effective impact on parental stress.

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Published
2016-08-01
How to Cite
Lima, M., Cardoso, V., & Silva, S. (2016). Parental Stress and Social Support of Caregivers of Children With Cerebral Palsy . Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto), 26(64), 207-214. https://doi.org/10.1590/1982-43272664201608
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