Monique Carla da Silva Reis, Aline Carla Araújo Carvalho, Carolina Santos Souza Tavares, Victor Santana Santos, Hudson P. Santos, Paulo Ricardo Saquete Martins-Filho; Changes in Occupational Roles and Common Mental Disorders in Mothers of Children With Congenital Zika Syndrome. Am J Occup Ther 2019;74(1):7401345010. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.035972
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Importance: The functional limitations and long-term dependence of children with congenital Zika syndrome (CZS) may lead to changes in maternal occupational roles, which can have a negative impact on mothers’ well-being and mental health.
Objective: To investigate changes in occupational roles and their effects on the mental health of mothers who have a child with CZS.
Design: Cross-sectional study.
Setting: Rehabilitation centers of the Brazilian Unified Health System in Alagoas, Northeast Brazil.
Participants: Forty mothers of children with CZS.
Outcomes and Measures: The Role Checklist and the Self-Reporting Questionnaire–20 were used to assess the mothers’ involvement in occupational roles and common mental disorders (CMDs), respectively. The relationship between changes in occupational roles and CMDs was analyzed using a logistic regression model.
Results: Our study showed that loss of paid work (p = .026) is associated with poor mental health of mothers of children with CZS.
Conclusions and Relevance: Strengthening public policies to reduce the economic impact of CZS on families, offering multidisciplinary counseling, and implementing psychoeducational strategies for promoting maternal psychological adjustment are needed.
What This Article Adds: The time and money spent by mothers in daily care activities for children with CZS contribute to a reduction in family income and social well-being and have a negative impact on mothers’ mental health.
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