8th Article | Volume 02 | Issue 02

Anxieties and Coping Strategies of Parents Having Children with Cerebral Palsy  

Clinton John E. Colcol

Assistant Professor II, The Rizal Memorial Colleges, Inc.

Davao City, Philippines


Orland Jae C. Jerusalem 

Associate Professor IV, The Rizal Memorial Colleges, Inc.

Davao City, Philippines


Mar Sherwin S. Pagaran

Instructor IV, The Rizal Memorial Colleges, Inc.

Davao City, Philippines


Published: May 2024

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17613/ppaf-dh40

Abstract

This qualitative study aimed to delve into the nuanced experiences, challenges, coping mechanisms, and the acceptance journey of parents raising children diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Employing a qualitative methodology, the research involved conducting in-depth interviews with parents referred by the Maharlika Charity Foundation. The findings illuminated diverse levels of comprehension regarding cerebral palsy among the participants, with acceptance of the condition seen to evolve gradually over time. Financial constraints emerged as a significant hurdle for parents, compounded by societal stigma and misconceptions surrounding the condition. Despite these obstacles, parents demonstrated remarkable resilience, actively engaging in caregiving and seeking support from their social networks. Family support played a pivotal role in ameliorating both the emotional and financial burdens associated with raising a child with cerebral palsy, emphasizing the importance of a robust support system. The journey towards acceptance of the child's condition emerged as a critical milestone in the parental experience, fostering a sense of adaptation and strength. Through their narratives, parents showcased a spectrum of coping strategies, ranging from practical caregiving approaches to seeking solace in religious faith. The study underscores the necessity of tailored support systems to assist families in navigating the multifaceted challenges inherent in raising a child with cerebral palsy. Ultimately, it sheds light on the resilience and resourcefulness of parents in facing the complexities of caring for a child with special needs within their familial and societal contexts

Keywords: cerebral palsy, anxieties, support system, parents, coping mechanisms

How to cite:

Colcol, C. J., Jerusalem, O. J. & Pagaran, M. S. (2024). Anxieties and Coping Strategies of Parents Having Children with Cerebral Palsy. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Educational Research and Innovation. 2(2), 129-144. https://doi.org/10.17613/ppaf-dh40.