Parental care and overprotection of children with cystic fibrosis

Mario Cappelli, Patrick J. McGrath, Noni E. MacDonald, Joanna Katsanis, Maureen Lascelles

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Parental overprotection has often been clinically associated with the psychological maladjustment of children with a chronic disease. The purpose of this study was to examine parental care and overprotection in children with cystic fibrosis compared to healthy controls. Results indicated no differences in the level of parental care or overprotection between controls and children with cystic fibrosis. However, a number of significant correlations were found between parental care and overprotection and children's psychosocial functioning. In particular, positive correlations were found between parental overprotection and poor psychosocial functioning in children with cystic fibrosis, whereas, poor psychosocial functioning in healthy children was associated with lack of parental care. Parental overprotection and care appear to play important roles in the emotional and psychological functioning of healthy and chronically ill children. 1989 The British Psychological Society

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-289
Number of pages9
JournalBritish Journal of Medical Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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