Journal article

Psychosocial risk in families of infants undergoing surgery for a serious congenital heart disease

Simone J Hearps, Maria C McCarthy, Frank Muscara, Stephen JC Hearps, Kylie Burke, Bryn Jones, Vicki A Anderson

Cardiology in the Young | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2014


OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the acute psychosocial risk in families with infants undergoing surgery for a congenital heart disease and, secondarily, to explore the psychosocial impact of antenatal versus post-natal diagnoses. METHOD: The study sample comprised 39 caregivers (28 mothers) of 29 children diagnosed with a congenital heart disease and requiring surgery within the first 4 weeks of life. Psychosocial risk was measured using the Psychosocial Assessment Tool, which was adapted to include four novel items examining infant risk factors, namely, sleeping, feeding, crying, and bonding difficulties. Parents' psychosocial risk was measured within 4 weeks after their chi..

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