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Interamerican Journal of Psychology

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FREITAS, Patrícia Martins de; DIAS, Claret Luiz Amarante; CARVALHO, Rita de Cássia Lara  and  HAASE, Vitor Geraldi. Effects of an cognitive-behavioral intervention program for mothers of children with cerebral palsy. Interam. j. psychol. [online]. 2008, vol.42, n.3, pp. 580-588. ISSN 0034-9690.

This article describes a model of cognitive-behavioral intervention model was adapted for use with a group of mothers of children with cerebral palsy (CP). The objective of the intervention was to diminish the emotional problems of the mothers and to enable them to deal it with their children’s behavioral problems. The program was based on contingency and stress management approaches. A group of 25 mothers participated in the study. In the pre-test mothers answered scales assessing their psychological status as well as their perceptions on children’s behaviors. A post-test was applied after 12 intervention sessions. Mothers reported significantly reduced stress and depressive symptoms levels, but no significant changes were observed for children’s behavioral problems. The program had a significant effect on the emotional state of the mothers, demonstrating clinical applicability.

Keywords : Cognitive-behavioral interventions; Mothers groups; Cerebral palsy; Maternal stress; Depression; Behavioral problems in children.

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