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Collegium antropologicum, Vol.32 No.1 May 2008. -

The aim of the study was to assess maternal perception of family impact on the course and outcome of rehabilitation

in children with cerebral motor impairment. The study included 135 children with cerebral motor impairment. Their

motor development was followed-up over a one-year period by use of structured interview with the children’s mothers after

12-month rehabilitation. The course of rehabilitation was assessed by the method of locomotor system functional evaluation.

The improvement achieved in motor development was significantly better in the group of children whose mothers

found their relationships with extended family excellent than in those whose mothers considered it good or poor. The

study showed that mothers to children with cerebral motor impairment frequently feel the lack of extended family support,

being it real or perceived as such by the mothers due to their emotional sensitivity, suggesting the need of additional

studies of the reasons for this. These findings indicate that greater attention should be paid by health professionals to the

psychological support offered to these mothers.

cerebral motor impairment; rehabilitation; extended family; psychological support

Author: Tajana Polovina-Prološčić - Vesna Vidović - Andrea Polovina -



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