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Early Traumatic Stress Responses in Parents Following a Serious Illness in Their Child: A Systematic Review

Claudia Woolf, Frank Muscara, Vicki A Anderson, Maria C McCarthy

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY IN MEDICAL SETTINGS | SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS | Published : 2016

Abstract

A systematic review of the literature investigating the early traumatic stress responses in parents of children diagnosed with a serious illness/injury. A literature review was conducted (September 2013) using Medline, PsycINFO, and CINAHL databases. Twenty-four studies related to parents of children hospitalized due to diagnosis of cancer, type 1 diabetes, meningococcal disease, trauma or serious injury, preterm birth and other serious illnesses requiring admission to intensive care were included. Parents were assessed for early traumatic stress symptoms within 3 months of their child's diagnosis/hospitalization. Prevalence rates of acute stress disorder in parents ranged from 12 to 63%. Pr..

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The research project reported in this published work was conducted by the authors as part of their Masters in Psychology at the University of Melbourne, or employment with the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, or The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. We acknowledge the funding support for this project from the Pratt Foundation and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. None of these funders had any involvement in the planning, design or execution of this research, and neither played a role in drafting the manuscript. The authors have full control of all primary data and agree to allow the journal to review the data if requested.