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Impact of Parenting a Child with Cerebral Palsy on the Quality of Life of Parents: A Systematic Review of Literature

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Vivek H Ramanandi ,

Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, IN
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The author is a Senior Lecturer & Principal at Satish Goswami College of Physiotherapy of Gujarat University in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

 

 

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Trupti Rudra Parmar,

Satish Goswami College of Physiotherapy, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, IN
About Trupti Rudra

The author is a Senior Lecturer at Satish Goswami College of Physiotherapy of Gujarat University in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

 
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Juhi Kalpesh Panchal,

Satish Goswami College of Physiotherapy, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, IN
About Juhi Kalpesh

The author is a Senior Lecturer at Satish Goswami College of Physiotherapy of Gujarat University in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

 
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M M Prabhakar

Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, IN
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Author is Superintendent at Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

 

 
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Abstract

Purpose: The implications of parenting a child with cerebral palsy (CP) are multifaceted, as parents have to cope with their child’s functional limitations and specific needs, and prepare for the possibility of long-term dependence. There has been significant research on the consequences of managing these parenting tasks. This article reviews the literature on the effects of parenting children with CP, and summarises the related factors.

Methods: A systematic search of online databases was conducted and, based on the reference lists of selected articles, further studies were identified. Thirty-six articles that met the inclusion criteria were analysed.

Conclusion & Implication: Parents of children with CP were found to have lower quality of life, associated with high levels of stress and depression, due to factors such as child behaviour and cognitive problems, low caregiver self-efficacy and low social support. The implications of these findings in relation to the planning and development of interventions addressing the family as a whole are discussed. The aim is to enhance parents’ competence and resources so that they are better able to cope with the demands of parenting their children.

How to Cite: Ramanandi, V.H., Parmar, T.R., Panchal, J.K. and Prabhakar, M.M., 2019. Impact of Parenting a Child with Cerebral Palsy on the Quality of Life of Parents: A Systematic Review of Literature. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 30(1), pp.57–93. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v30i1.793
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Published on 16 Aug 2019.

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