Tikhomirova V.S. Impacts of the severity of infantile cerebral palsy in preschoolers on emotional characteristics and personality traits of their mothers

Full text in Russian: Тихомирова В.С. Влияние степени тяжести детского церебрального паралича у детей дошкольного возраста на эмоционально-личностные особенности их матерей
Saint-Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

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The results of studying emotional characteristics and personality traits in mothers (N = 103) who raise preschoolers with cerebral palsy of different severity vs. the same features in mothers of potentially healthy children (N = 50) are presented. Impacts of psychophysical development, communication and behavior peculiarities in children with cerebral palsy on personality traits, self-perception, perception of a child and attitude towards a child’s disease in their mothers are considered. It is shown that on the stage of bringing up a preschooler suffering cerebral palsy psychological defense mechanisms of denial and repression are developed in his/her mother particularly if the child significantly delays in motor skills and mental function development.

Keywords: infantile cerebral palsy, preschooler, mother, child, personality traits, severity of disease, attitude towards disease



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Received 7 September 2012. Date of publication: 31 December 2012.

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Tikhomirova Victoriya S. Ph.D. Student, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Clinical Psychology, Saint-Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University, ul. Litovskaya, 2, 194100 Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
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Tikhomirova V.S. Impacts of the severity of infantile cerebral palsy in preschoolers on emotional characteristics and personality traits of their mothers Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2012, Vol. 5, No. 26, p. 11. http://psystudy.ru (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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