Chronic Sorrow and Management Strategies Among Mothers of Preterm Infants with Retinopathy of Prematurity
Caring for premature infants with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) requires continuity for an extended period of time. This situation may lead mothers to have chronic sorrow. The purpose of this descriptive study was to explore the level and management of chronic sorrow among mothers of preterm infants with ROP. The participants included sixty mothers of preterm infants with ROP, discharged from hospital within the last 2 months. The research instruments included the Demographic Data Form, the Chronic Sorrow Assessment Questionnaire and Management of Chronic Sorrow Questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics.
The results of the study showed that:
The mothers of premature infants with ROP had chronic sorrow at a moderate level, with their management strategies of chronic sorrow being at a moderate level. Management strategies of chronic sorrow were as follows.
- 1. The internal management method: The mothers chose the items of “take a can-do attitude,” “talk with a health professional,” and “talk to someone close to me”.
- The external management method: The mothers sought help from professionals, and family and friends in the following ways;
2.1. To get help from health care professionals, the mothers chose the items of “answer me honestly,” “take their time with me,” and “provide good care.”
2.2. To get help from family and friends, the mothers chose the items of “offer a helping hand,” “provide emotional support,” and “listen to me.”
These findings could be used by health care providers as preliminary data for developing guidelines for providing information to mothers about preterm ROP. This could also be used with their significant others. This could achieve better results of care provision for mothers of preterm infants with ROP.
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