Chronic Sorrow in Mothers of Children With Cancer


Chronic Sorrow in Mothers of Children With Cancer


Nkikfarid L; Rassouli M; Borimnejhad L; Alavimajd H




BACKGROUND: Chronic sorrow is a progressive, constant endless grief which is seen in parents of children with chronic conditions. The aim of this study is to assess chronic sorrow and its dimensions in mothers of children with cancer in Tehran. METHOD: In this descriptive cross sectional study, 264 mothers from three hospital were chosen through a simple method of sampling and were given two questionnaire (demographic characteristic questionnaire and Kendal chronic sorrow questionnaire Persian version). Data were analysed by SPSS software version 16. RESULTS: The mean score for Kendal chronic sorrow questionnaire in this study was 76.39 (+15.81). Majority of mothers (97.7%) showed possible or severe chronic sorrow. The mean score of subscales were 30.26 (SD 104.209) for "disparity," 33.38 (SD 42.77) for sadness and 12.75 (SD 11.922) for get along. There were not any significant relationship between scores of chronic sorrow and demographic characteristic. CONCLUSIONS: Chronic sorrow is one of the important concepts which should be considered in caring of children and their families. Mothers of children with cancer have high level of chronic sorrow. RESEARCH IMPLICATIONS: The results of this study can be used by healthcare members in planning a qualified care plan for children and their mothers. CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Mothers are the most important caregiver of children with cancer. Understanding how they deal with the diseas of their children can improve their quality of life which directly influence the quality of life of children with cancer.


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Nkikfarid L; Rassouli M; Borimnejhad L; Alavimajd H, “Chronic Sorrow in Mothers of Children With Cancer,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed September 28, 2022,

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