Journal article

Parent distress reactions following a serious illness or injury in their child: a protocol paper for the take a breath cohort study

Frank Muscara, Kylie Burke, Maria C McCarthy, Vicki A Anderson, Stephen JC Hearps, Simone J Hearps, Anica Dimovski, Jan M Nicholson

BMC PSYCHIATRY | BMC | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of life threatening childhood illness or injury can lead to significant distress reactions in parents, with many experiencing clinically significant levels of post-traumatic stress symptoms. These symptoms can have long-term adverse impacts on parent mental health, family functioning, and the adjustment of the ill child. Independent studies have found such reactions in several different illness groups. However, very little research has systematically compared the prevalence, impact and trajectories over time of post-traumatic stress symptoms in parents across different childhood illness groups with an acute life threat. The current study seeks to map the course of post-..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge the generous funding support for this project from the Pratt Foundation and the Victorian Department of Human Services. Vicki Anderson is funded by an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship (607333, 2010-2014), and Maria McCarthy is funded by a Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Career Development Fellowship. Jan Nicholson is funded through the Roberta Holmes Chair for the Transition to Contemporary Parenthood Program. When this research was conducted Jan Nicholson, Kylie Burke and Anica Dimovski were employed at the Parenting Research Centre. We also acknowledge the support of the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. None of the project funders had any involvement in the planning, design or execution of this research, and neither played a role in drafting the manuscript. There are no financial relationships or issues to disclose.