Stress reduction intervention with mothers of children/adolescents with asthma: a randomized controlled study in Brazil

Sandra Cairo de Oliveira Amaral, Filipa Pimenta, João Marôco, Clemax Couto Sant'Anna
Health Care for Women International 2019 April 8, : 1-18
Brazil has a high prevalence of pediatric asthma, which can be a stressor to parents/caretakers. Researchers aimed to assesses the efficacy of a stress reduction intervention for mothers of children/adolescents with asthma through a randomized controlled study. Stress, anxiety, and depression were evaluated in three moments. The intervention group (n = 20), entailed 5-weekly sessions; the control group (n =34) had waiting list format. There was a significant decrease in stress, anxiety, and depression in the intervention group. This study indicates that the intervention directed to mothers of children/adolescents with asthma was efficient not only in reducing stress but also anxiety and depression reduction.

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