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Stress among the parents of children with cerebral palsy

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The parents of children with cerebral palsy are more likely to report stress than the parents of children without disability. Previous reports have indicated a twofold rise in the prevalence of stress and a four or fivefold increase in the prevalence of anxiety or depression among the parents of children with hemiplegia. A vicious circle may develop, with increased parental stress leading to reduced parenting performance, leading in turn to difficulties for the child that add to the …

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