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Psychosocial challenges in family caregiving with children suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy

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source: Health & Social Work

year: 2014

authors: Priya Treesa Thomas, Prakashi Rajaram, Atchayaram Nalini


Families of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) go through significant challenges in dealing with the condition. Few studies have looked into the situation, especially in the sociocultural scenario that is unique to India. The authors’ aim was to identify the psychosocial challenges for caregivers of children with DMD. A cross-sectional descriptive study was perfomed among the caregivers of 60 children with DMD who were attending the neuromuscular disorders clinic of a national tertiary referral center for neurological disorders. The knowledge and attitude, psychosocial needs, burden, and coping patterns were assessed in an interview.

The findings showed that parents of children with DMD tended to have inadequate understanding of the disease but had a positive attitude, had a moderate family burden, and tended to rely more on religion, focus on and venting of emotions, and instrumental and emotional social support for coping. Caregivers of children with DMD would benefit from psychosocial intervention to address their understanding of and attitude toward the disease, as well as burden of dealing with it, and to help them develop their coping skills and meet their children’s and their own needs.

DOI: 10.1093/hsw/hlu027

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