Parental role alteration strongly influences depressive symptoms in mothers of preoperative infants with congenital heart disease.
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Heart & lung : the journal of critical care
BACKGROUND: Mothers of infants with congenital heart disease are at risk for depression.
OBJECTIVES: This study explored the influence on maternal depressive symptoms of several known factors for mothers in the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit, including perceived stressors, attachment, and anxiety.
METHODS: This study was a secondary analysis of 30 mothers of infants awaiting cardiac surgery. Linear regressions were calculated to determine the relationships between perceived stressors, maternal attachment, anxiety, and maternal depressive symptoms.
RESULTS: Nearly half of mothers reported depressive symptoms above the measure cut-off score, indicating they were at risk for likely clinical depression. Subscales of perceived stress explained 61.7% of the variance in depressive symptoms (F = 11.815, p
CONCLUSIONS: Findings underscore the importance of mental health screening and instituting nursing practices to enhance parental role for mothers of infants awaiting cardiac surgery.
Lisanti, A., Demianczyk, A. C., Vaughan, K., Martino, G., Ohrenschall, R., Quinn, R., Chittams, J., & Medoff-Cooper, B. (2021). Parental role alteration strongly influences depressive symptoms in mothers of preoperative infants with congenital heart disease.. Heart & lung : the journal of critical care, 50 (2), 235-241. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrtlng.2020.12.003