Purpose: Fecal incontinence is a common problem in children and adolescents with anorectal malformation (ARM) and may negatively impact psycho-social well-being. Mothers' perception of social support has been proved to contribute to children's quality of life (QOL). Considering ARM studies, the role of family and social resources have received little attention. The aim of the present study was to analyze whether mothers' perception of social support mediates the impact of child fecal incontinence on his/her QOL. Methods: One hundred and nine mothers with a child born with ARM (aged 6-15 years old; mean age = 11 years) completed questionnaires including the fecal incontinence subscale of the Hirschsprung's Disease/Anorectal Malformation QOL Questionnaire, the Pediatric QOL Inventory, and a social relationship questionnaire. Structural equation models were used to explore the relations hypothesized. Results: No differences were found in the QOL scores across gender. The hypothesized model fits the data well; mothers' perception of social support partially mediated the relationship between fecal incontinence and QOL. Conclusions: An important direction for pediatric surgeons and their interdisciplinary teams may be to develop strategies to strengthen mothers' social relationships. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
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|Titolo:||Does mothers' perception of social support mediate the relationship between fecal incontinence and quality of life of the child?|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||01a Articolo in rivista|