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Relationship Satisfaction Among Mothers of Children with Congenital Heart Defects: A Prospective Case-Cohort Study


Dale, M T; Solberg, Ø; Holmstrom, H; Landolt, M A; Eskedal, L T; Vollrath, M E (2013). Relationship Satisfaction Among Mothers of Children with Congenital Heart Defects: A Prospective Case-Cohort Study. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 38(8):915-926.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To assess the level of partner relationship satisfaction among mothers of children with different severity of congenital heart defects (CHD) compared with mothers in the cohort. METHODS: Mothers of children with mild, moderate, or severe CHD (n = 182) and a cohort of mothers of children without CHD (n = 46,782) from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study were assessed at 5 time points from pregnancy to 36 months postpartum. A 5-item version of the Relationship Satisfaction scale was used, and relevant covariates were explored. RESULTS: The trajectories of relationship satisfaction among mothers of children with varying CHD severity did not differ from the trajectories in the cohort. All women in the cohort experienced decreasing relationship satisfaction from 18 months after delivery up to 36 months after delivery. CONCLUSIONS: Having a child with CHD, regardless of severity, does not appear to exacerbate the decline in relationship satisfaction.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To assess the level of partner relationship satisfaction among mothers of children with different severity of congenital heart defects (CHD) compared with mothers in the cohort. METHODS: Mothers of children with mild, moderate, or severe CHD (n = 182) and a cohort of mothers of children without CHD (n = 46,782) from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study were assessed at 5 time points from pregnancy to 36 months postpartum. A 5-item version of the Relationship Satisfaction scale was used, and relevant covariates were explored. RESULTS: The trajectories of relationship satisfaction among mothers of children with varying CHD severity did not differ from the trajectories in the cohort. All women in the cohort experienced decreasing relationship satisfaction from 18 months after delivery up to 36 months after delivery. CONCLUSIONS: Having a child with CHD, regardless of severity, does not appear to exacerbate the decline in relationship satisfaction.

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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:22 June 2013
Deposited On:22 Aug 2013 10:34
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 22:02
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0146-8693
Funders:Norwegian Research Council
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/jpepsy/jst038
PubMed ID:23792348

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