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Mothers' psychosocial functioning, parenting, and medical decision making related to children's food allergies and food challenges


2011 2011

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Parents of children with food allergy are typically responsible for food allergy management and report that their child's condition impacts multiple aspects of family life Children with food allergy may undergo graded food challenges in a medical setting to determine if they can safely introduce the food back into their diet. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of food allergy on mothers' psychosocial functioning and parenting as well as to determine if it was possible to predict which mothers are most likely to decide not to undergo a food challenge. Seventy mothers of children with food allergy provided data regarding their feeling about their child's food allergy and food challenges. The primary hypotheses were not supported. However, this study revealed that mothers may be willing to endure an anxiety-provoking situation in order to eliminate future anxiety about allergic reactions, especially when they trust their physician will appropriately care for their children. This study also indicated that food challenges have a profound impact on mothers' anxiety about their children having allergic reactions in the future. Furthermore, mothers with a high education level tend to perceive a greater impact of food allergy on their daily lives than mothers with a low education level. Additional research should be conducted in order to further our understanding of the psychological aspects of food allergy and food challenges and to guide clinicians in their care of children with food allergy.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Behavioral psychology;
Social psychology
Classification
0384: Behavioral psychology
0451: Social psychology
Identifier / keyword
Psychology; Children; Food allergies; Food challenges; Mothers; Parenting
Title
Mothers' psychosocial functioning, parenting, and medical decision making related to children's food allergies and food challenges
Author
Herbert, Linda J.
Number of pages
244
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0434
Source
DAI-B 72/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124903330
Advisor
Dahlquist, Lynnda M.
Committee member
Baker, Linda; Bollinger, Mary Elizabeth; Cheah, Charissa; O'Brien, Eileen
University/institution
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Department
Psychology
University location
United States -- Maryland
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3474243
ProQuest document ID
897674659
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/897674659
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