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Change over a 16-month period in the psychological well-being of mothers of girls and women with Rett syndrome

Cianfaglione, R, Hastings, RP, Felce, David, Clarke, Angus John and Kerr, Michael 2017. Change over a 16-month period in the psychological well-being of mothers of girls and women with Rett syndrome. Developmental Neurorehabilitation 20 (5) , pp. 261-265. 10.3109/17518423.2016.1142483

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Abstract

PURPOSE: There is an emerging research literature on the experiences of family members of girls and women with Rett syndrome (RTT), but a lack of longitudinal data. METHODS: Fifty mothers whose daughters had RTT were surveyed 16-17 months after an earlier cross-sectional study. Measures completed at both time points focused on maternal positive and negative psychological well-being and their daughters' behavioral and emotional problems and RTT behavioral phenotype severity. RESULTS: Maternal stress, anxiety, and depression demonstrated at least moderate levels of stability. Maternal positive perceptions were also moderately stable over 16-17 months. Longitudinal analyses suggested that their daughters' behavioral and emotional problems rather than RTT behavioral phenotype severity predicted later maternal well-being. CONCLUSION: Mothers with RTT daughters experience chronic stress (persisting over time) but also ongoing positive perceptions. Practitioners should recognize positive perceptions and also consider targeted behavioral parent training to reduce behavior problems in individuals with RTT.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Developmental behavior checklist; Rett Syndrome Behaviour Questionnaire; family research; longitudinal design; maternal depression
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
ISSN: 1751-8423
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 March 2018
Date of Acceptance: 12 January 2016
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2018 11:26
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/96076

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