Co-occupations: The caregiving challenges of mothers of children with cerebral palsy

Hamid Dalvand, Seyyed Ali Hosseini, Mehdi Rassafiani, Sayyed Ali Samadi, Hamid Reza Khankeh, Greg Kelly

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Introduction: This study was conducted in an Iranian context to explore the co-occupations of mothers of children with cerebral palsy as experienced by them.

Method: This qualitative study was conducted using content analysis methodology. Sixteen mothers of children with cerebral palsy participated in the study. Data was collected via in-depth, semi-structured interviews. Constant comparative analysis was deployed for data analysis.

Results: The results were classified into nine sub-categories and four main categories that were identified as (1) coping with self-care problems, (2) effort to gain treatment follow-up, (3) coping challenges of educational care, and (4) limited parental personal leisure time.

Conclusion: Understanding the challenges of caring for a child with cerebral palsy and the experiences of mothers when engaging in co-occupations with their child, provides a broader perspective of the potential impact on participation and engagement of mothers. However, more research is required to understand the various factors influencing participation and co-occupations and interaction effects between these factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)450-459
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015


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