Parenting stress in Turkish mothers of infants with cleft lip and/or palate
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CitationBoztepe, H., Çınar, S., & Özgür, MD, F. F. (2020). Parenting stress in Turkish mothers of infants with cleft lip and/or palate. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 57(6), 753-761 10.1177/1055665619898592.
OBJECTIVE: To explore parenting stress and factors affecting the mothers of infants with cleft lip and/or palate (CL/P) in Turkey. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS: The study compared mothers of infants born with CL/P (n = 90) with mothers of healthy infants (n = 90). Mothers completed the data collection form, the Parenting Stress Index-Short Form, and the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support. RESULTS: Mothers of infants born with CL/P had higher mean parenting stress scores than the control mothers. A significant negative relationship was found between social support and parenting stress for mothers of infants born with CL/P but was not related for control mothers. Among mothers with an infant with CL/P, the mean parenting stress scores were higher for mothers preoperatively than mothers responding postoperatively. Among mothers with an infant with a cleft, higher stress was found for diagnosis after birth, not breastfeeding, feeding difficulties, lack of fathers' support, perceived difficult infant temperament, blame, anger, and concern for the future. CONCLUSION: Parenting stress was higher and social support was lower for mothers of infants with a cleft. Treatment teams can design interventions aimed at factors related to stress, such as addressing feeding issues, teaching coping skills, and linking to social support.