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Anxiety and Depression in Parents of Children Born with Esophageal Atresia: An International Online Survey Study

Caring for a chronically ill child can be stressful and requires additional care from parents. Parental mental health and stress may impact both parental and child wellbeing, leading to maladaptive parenting practices, and interference with illness management. The aim of the study was to explore the levels of anxiety and depression in parents of children born with esophageal atresia (EA) and to investigate whether parental anxiety and depression were associated with child’s medical characteristics or with parental factors.

Vuokko Wallace, Kirsi Honkalampi, Elizabeth Sheils