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Working therapeutically with parents after the diagnosis of a child's cerebral palsy: issues and practice guidelines


Higginson, J and Matthewson, M, Working therapeutically with parents after the diagnosis of a child's cerebral palsy: issues and practice guidelines, The Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 20, (1) pp. 50-66. ISSN 1323-8922 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/jrc.2014.6


Little is known about the effectiveness of psychoeducational support groups on positive adaptation in parents and families after a child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. A systematic literature review adopting the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines was conducted to gain an understanding of the process of adaptation in parents with a child with cerebral palsy and the effects psychoeducational support programs have on this process. The databases searched were psychINFO, Taylor and Francis Online, PsychARTICLES, Medline and ProQuest. A total of 1083 papers were found and 19 of those papers were analysed. A narrative approach was used to synthesise the data extracted. A number of factors that influence adaption within a family after the diagnosis of cerebral palsy in a family member were identified in the review. These factors include, but are not limited to, providing appropriate and relevant information to parents and families, identifying community services and resources available to the family, assisting in the reduction of psychosocial distress, and encouraging the facilitation and collaboration of a strong parent-professional partnership throughout the process. Based on this information guidelines for psychoeducation programs for this client group were proposed.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cerebral palsy, diagnosis, disability, psychoeducation, adaptation, parent, family functioning, intervention, psychosocial distress, family
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Psychology of ageing
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Matthewson, M (Dr Mandy Matthewson)
ID Code:92346
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2014-06-16
Last Modified:2022-06-29

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