Risk and resistance factors in the adaptation of mothers of children with cystic fibrosis

J Pediatr Psychol. 1991 Dec;16(6):701-15. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/16.6.701.


Examined 35 mothers of children with cystic fibrosis (CF) to assess the relationship of risk and resistance factors to level of psychological adjustment. Dimensions of maternal adaptation, disease severity, family adaptability and cohesion, family life stress, and intrapersonal coping style were assessed. As a group, mothers evidenced significant levels of general psychological distress, and appear to constitute an at-risk population. Multiple regression analyses indicated higher levels of maternal distress were associated with increased levels of stressful family life events and an escape-avoidance coping style. Disease severity, family financial resources, and family adaptability and cohesion did not significantly contribute to the regression model.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cystic Fibrosis / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Risk Factors
  • Sick Role*
  • Social Environment