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Psicologia Hospitalar

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BOLASELL, Laura Teixeira et al. Characterization of mothers of children with congenital heart disease admitted in a pediatric ICU. Psicol. hosp. (São Paulo) [online]. 2019, vol.17, n.1, pp. 17-33. ISSN 2175-3547.

Congenit cardiopatics is a chronic disease characterized by prolonged hospitalization, many of them in Intensive Care Units (ICU). During hospitalization, mothers are usually the most present family members, also needing psychological support. The present study aimed to describe sociodemographic characteristics, reasons for psychological counseling and coping strategies used by mothers’ of children with congenital heart disease admitted in a pediatric ICU. The sample had a total of 117 mothers. It was found that 87% came from another city, without formal work, being the main family member with the patients. The most commonly used coping strategies were faith, search for social support, seek for information and trust in medical team. The study outlines important features that may impact on understanding and coping with the disease, as well as treatment adherence. We hope to contribute for the psychological care of these families, as well as to collaborate with other health professionals in this context.

Palavras-chave : Children; Congenit cardiopatics; Mothers; Intensive care units.

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