Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
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.
Bishop, Meredith, "Stress Appraisal, Coping Resources, and Psychological Functioning in Parents of Infants and Toddlers Diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2016.