Mothers’ Acceptance of Their Children’s Diagnosis: What Are the Key Factors?

Mothers' awareness about their children’s disabilities differs depending on the type of disability. Some disabilities of babies can be detected during pregnancy, while some others can be diagnosed a few years after birth. Therefore, information regarding potential disabilities and the role of obstetrician may be important factors that influence mothers’ acceptance of the diagnosis of their children. This study aims to examine the relationship between the experience of prenatal testing and the satisfaction with obstetricians, focusing on mothers of children with disabilities in Japan. In cooperation with parents’ associations of children with disabilities throughout Japan, self-administered questionnaires were distributed to mothers of children with disabilities between January and March, 2016. The rate of return was 49.0%, and 1,012 mothers were selected to participate in this study. The results indicated that time of diagnosis and satisfaction with the obstetrician were significantly related to mothers’ acceptance of the diagnosis. On the other hand, the experience of prenatal testing was not statistically related to the acceptance of diagnosis. However, free descriptions revealed that some obstetricians did not provide information about the abnormality of an unborn or newborn baby considering the mothers’ situation, which occasionally became negative support for the mothers. More communication between pregnant women and obstetricians may be needed in practice.

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Miyako Kimura, St. Marianna University School of Medicine, Japan
Yumiko Yamazaki, Kawasaki City College of Nursing, Japan

Paper Information Conference: ACP2018
Stream: Qualitative/Quantitative Research in any other area of Psychology

Added on Monday, April 9th, 2018
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