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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 53-57

Psychosocial issues of parents of children with cleft lip and palate in relation to their behavioral problems

1 Department of Clinical Psychology, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Clinical Psychology, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Plastic Surgery, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
4 School of Behavioral Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
M Suresh Kumar
Department of Clinical Psychology, Sri Ramachandra University, Porur, Chennai - 600 116, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: Smile Train India for providing the financial aid to purchase the materials needed for the study., Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2348-2125.150749

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Objective: The objective was to identify the behavioral problems if any, in children with cleft lip and palate (CLP) and its relationship with their parents' quality-of-life (QOL) and negative emotions. Design: A cross-sectional explorative study. Setting: Both inpatient and outpatient department of Cleft Care Center, in the hospital. Patients: Participants were 50 parents of CLP children in the age group of 1΍-5 years. Main Outcome Measures: Outcome measures are QOL, Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scale-21, and child behavior checklist. Results: There is a significant positive relationship between internalizing problems such as emotional reactivity, somatic complaints, withdrawn behavior, and on the stress. There was a positive relationship between attention problem of children with parental depression and stress and also between internalizing and externalizing behavioral problems with various aspects of QOL. Conclusion: This study has implications in understanding how CLP children's behavioral problems influence the parent's QOL.

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