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Article: The development of a strength-focused mutual support group for caretakers of children with cerebral palsy

TitleThe development of a strength-focused mutual support group for caretakers of children with cerebral palsy
Authors
KeywordsCaregivers
Cerebral palsy
Psychological tests
Self-help groups
Issue Date2011
PublisherHong Kong Academy of Medicine Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkjpsych.com/search.jsp
Citation
East Asian Archives Of Psychiatry, 2011, v. 21 n. 2, p. 64-72 How to Cite?
AbstractObjective: To examine the efficacy of a strength-focused mutual support group for reducing stress and enhancing psychological well-being of the caretakers of children with cerebral palsy. Methods: This pre- and post-intervention outcome study, conducted by Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Duchess of Kent Children's Hospital, recruited 12 primary caretakers of children with cerebral palsy in Hong Kong. A strength-focused support group manual was developed to help such caretakers to identify and cultivate the character strengths of their children and enhance their own positive emotions. Participants were asked to complete a full set of questionnaires at 3 time-points: before and immediately after the intervention (consisting of 4 weekly sessions), and after the 1-month follow-up booster session. Two additional questionnaires were administered before each session to check mood. Parenting stress, anxiety, depression, social support, hope, and other psychological well-being measures were also assessed. Results: Half of the caretakers (n = 6) who had attended the full intervention programme were included in the data analysis. Participants exhibited a significantly lower level of parental stress and higher hope level both after the 4 intervention sessions and at the booster session. Their perceived social support was significantly increased when the group was ongoing but not after it ended. Conclusion: This group intervention programme could effectively help caretakers reduce their parenting stress and enhance their hopefulness. Launching a similar programme with more sessions and regular follow-up sessions might help maintain positive effects and establish a social support network. © 2011 Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/142988
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.331
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dc.contributor.authorFung, BKKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHo, SMYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorFung, ASMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLeung, EYPen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChow, SPen_HK
dc.contributor.authorIp, WYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHa, KWYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorBarlaan, PIGen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-28T03:01:08Z-
dc.date.available2011-10-28T03:01:08Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_HK
dc.identifier.citationEast Asian Archives Of Psychiatry, 2011, v. 21 n. 2, p. 64-72en_HK
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dc.description.abstractObjective: To examine the efficacy of a strength-focused mutual support group for reducing stress and enhancing psychological well-being of the caretakers of children with cerebral palsy. Methods: This pre- and post-intervention outcome study, conducted by Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Duchess of Kent Children's Hospital, recruited 12 primary caretakers of children with cerebral palsy in Hong Kong. A strength-focused support group manual was developed to help such caretakers to identify and cultivate the character strengths of their children and enhance their own positive emotions. Participants were asked to complete a full set of questionnaires at 3 time-points: before and immediately after the intervention (consisting of 4 weekly sessions), and after the 1-month follow-up booster session. Two additional questionnaires were administered before each session to check mood. Parenting stress, anxiety, depression, social support, hope, and other psychological well-being measures were also assessed. Results: Half of the caretakers (n = 6) who had attended the full intervention programme were included in the data analysis. Participants exhibited a significantly lower level of parental stress and higher hope level both after the 4 intervention sessions and at the booster session. Their perceived social support was significantly increased when the group was ongoing but not after it ended. Conclusion: This group intervention programme could effectively help caretakers reduce their parenting stress and enhance their hopefulness. Launching a similar programme with more sessions and regular follow-up sessions might help maintain positive effects and establish a social support network. © 2011 Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherHong Kong Academy of Medicine Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkjpsych.com/search.jspen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofEast Asian Archives of Psychiatryen_HK
dc.subjectCaregiversen_HK
dc.subjectCerebral palsyen_HK
dc.subjectPsychological testsen_HK
dc.subjectSelf-help groupsen_HK
dc.titleThe development of a strength-focused mutual support group for caretakers of children with cerebral palsyen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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