The Relationship between Degree of Stress and Quality of Life in Mothers of Children with Cerebral Palsy

  • Yun, Mi-Jung (Department of Physical Therapy, Graduate School of Sahmyook University) ;
  • Lee, Wan-Hee (Department of Physical Therapy, Sahmyook University (Korea Falls Prevention Institute)) ;
  • Lee, Jae-Sub (Department of Physical Therapy, The Catholic University of Korea, Incheon St. Mary's Hospital) ;
  • Lee, Kyoung-Suk (Department of Physical Therapy, Graduate School of Sahmyook University)
  • Received : 2012.05.16
  • Accepted : 2012.06.07
  • Published : 2012.06.26

Abstract

Purpose: This study investigated the relationship between degree of stress and quality of life in mothers of children with cerebral palsy. Methods: This study's subjects were 77 mothers of children under 10 years of age with cerebral palsy. The instrument is a self-administered, structured, written questionnaire. The tool that measured the degree of stress was created by modifying the questionnaire by Park (2004). Quality of life for all mothers with cerebral palsy was evaluated by the ShortForm-36 Health Questionnaire. To verify the effects on degree of stress and quality of life arising from general characteristics, t-tests and ANOVAs were conducted. The correlation between degree of stress and quality of life was analyzed via Pearson's correlation analysis. Results: The mothers' degree of stress was rated as 2.69 out of 5; their quality of life was rated as 53.07 out of 100. There was a significant negative correlation between quality of life and the age of cerebral palsy and positive correlations between quality of life and mother's age, background, and family income. Degree of stress among mothers has a positive correlation with quality of life. Conclusion: This study provides basic data about the relationship between degree of stress and quality of life in mothers of children with cerebral palsy.

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