Parenting stress and impact of illness in parents of children with coeliac disease

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Abstract

Coeliac disease (CD) is a chronic diseasewhich could stress patients and their family.Although, poor attention has been paid to thequality of life in CD children and to the functioningof families with CD children. The studyaims to evaluate the parenting perception ofthe CD impact and the parenting distress level.A group of 74 parents of CD children compiledthe Impact Childhood Illness Scale and theParenting Stress Index which is also compiledby 74 parents of health children. The assessmentdoes not reveal a significant impact ofCD on patient’s personal life although somecritical areas emerged. Results evidenced anhigher level of parenting stress in parents ofCD children than parents of healthy children.CD, if suitably managed, has not a criticalimpact on parenting perception. Although, CDcertainly put parents through an higher risk ofa distress related to parenting role than parentswith health children. A early identificationof parenting distress in a pediatric chronicillness could facilitate the adjustment topathology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-85
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Reports
Volume5
Publication statusPublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics

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