Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Meredith Bishop


Congenital heart disease (CHD) includes a variety of disorders that are characterized by structural defects to the heart or the coronary blood vessels that occur in fetal development. CHD occurs in 8 of every 1,000 live births. CHD often requires surgical repair and increases caregiving burden for families. The purpose of this study was to better understand the relations between illness-related parenting stress, coping resources, and psychological functioning in primary caregivers of young children with CHD. 69 parents provided demographic information and completed measures of parenting stress, self-efficacy, mindfulness, social support, and adjustment. Results revealed that psychological functioning in this sample is comparable to other chronic illness populations. In regression analyses, illness-related parenting stress was positively related and mindfulness was negatively related to psychological distress.