Parental role alteration strongly influences depressive symptoms in mothers of preoperative infants with congenital heart disease.

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Lisanti: 0000-0002-1826-6152

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Heart & lung : the journal of critical care

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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.



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