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Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2001 Jul;71(3):358-67.

Mental health and marital adaptation among mothers of children with cerebral palsy.

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Department of Psychology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.


Employing a theoretical model that emphasizes risk-resistance factors for maternal adaptation, this study compared 80 mothers of children with cerebral palsy to 80 mothers of children without physical disabilities. Results revealed differences between the two groups, and indicated that, among mothers of children with cerebral palsy, self-esteem, self-mastery, and family network size were the main variables that contributed to mothers' psychological and marital adaptation.

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