A Family-Centered Evaluation of Psychosocial Agendas in Spina Bifida

  • Mehmet Kemal Kuşcu
  • Banu Cankaya


Care patterns and parenting quality have an important effect on the infant-caregiver relationship, as well as on the developmental outcomes of children [1]. High quality care is linked to higher cognitive ability and higher social competence in children [2]. Especially in the case of disability, families and other close networks gain a pivotal role as the main caregivers for the child [3]. Currently, the role and needs of families attract considerable attention due to the growing amount of evidence regarding their participation in the illness process and the attached psychosocial outcomes.


Cerebral Palsy Family Functioning Parenting Style Spina Bifida Psychological Control 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mehmet Kemal Kuşcu
    • 1
  • Banu Cankaya
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry Family and Community Mental Health UnitMarmara University Medical CenterIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Rochester Medical CenterRochesterUSA

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