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Posttraumatic growth in mothers and fathers of children with severe illnesses


Hungerbuehler, I; Vollrath, M E; Landolt, M A (2011). Posttraumatic growth in mothers and fathers of children with severe illnesses. Journal of Health Psychology, 16(8):1259-1267.

Abstract

Posttraumatic growth (PTG) can occur after various types of trauma but has not been studied prospectively in parents of children with chronic diseases. In this study, PTG was assessed in 126 parents of 67 children with type 1 diabetes or cancer three years after diagnosis. Most parents (62.7%) reported at least a moderate degree of PTG. Quality of family relationships, parental psychological distress and child medical characteristics assessed one month after diagnosis, and parents' gender, explained 34 percent of PTG variance. The findings confirm that a severe disease of a child can lead to personal growth in the child's parents.

Abstract

Posttraumatic growth (PTG) can occur after various types of trauma but has not been studied prospectively in parents of children with chronic diseases. In this study, PTG was assessed in 126 parents of 67 children with type 1 diabetes or cancer three years after diagnosis. Most parents (62.7%) reported at least a moderate degree of PTG. Quality of family relationships, parental psychological distress and child medical characteristics assessed one month after diagnosis, and parents' gender, explained 34 percent of PTG variance. The findings confirm that a severe disease of a child can lead to personal growth in the child's parents.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:25 Oct 2011 12:09
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:03
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:1359-1053
Funders:Gebert Ruef Foundation, Hugo and Elsa Isler Foundation, Swiss Research Foundation Child and Cancer
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105311405872
PubMed ID:21708866

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