Elise E. Labbé, Irma Lopez, Lisa Murphy, Carol O'brien
Abstract: Psychosocial functioning was compared between 32 caregivers of children with Batten's disease, a terminal, neurodegenerative illness, and with 20 caregivers of children with epilepsy or cerebral palsy. Caregivers’ optimism was expected to be associated with better psychosocial functioning, regardless of the children's illness. A multivariate analysis of covariance indicated caregivers of children with Battens disease had significantly ( p < .01) higher depression and anxiety scores on the Symptom Checklist…
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