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Revista Psicologia e Saúde

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CUNHA, Ana Cristina Barros da; SALES, Elora Correia; SILVA, Patricia Pinheiro da  and  ALBUQUERQUE, Karolina Alves. Emotional burden face to the congenital malformation and coping of caregivers. Rev. Psicol. Saúde [online]. 2021, vol.13, n.1, pp. 141-155. ISSN 2177-093X.

Cases of children with congenital malformations increased after the Zika virus epidemic, resulting in impact and emotional burden for caregivers. This study aimed to analyze the emotional burden and the coping face to congenital malformation by the parental caregivers. Twelve caregivers, patients from the Maternity School of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), answered these instruments: General Data Protocol, Questionnaire "The Moment of News", Coping Strategies face to Problems Scale, and Zarit Burden Interview Scale for Caregivers. Strategies of "Searching for religious practices" and "Focused on the problem" were the most adopted by caregivers, who presented mild to moderate levels of emotional burden. The impact of congenital malformation on caregivers must be considered as an important stressor for the family.

Keywords : congenital malformation; psychological adaptation; caregivers.

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