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Br J Prev Soc Med. 1975 March; 29(1): 27–30.
PMCID: PMC478883

Some sources of stress found in mothers of spina bifida children.


The scores on a malaise inventory for 51 mothers of spina bifida children born between 1956 and 1962 in South Wales revealed significantly higher scores when the child was incontinent, had a severe locomotor disability, had an IQ less than 80, and was attending a special school rather than a normal school. No difference in scores was found between the sexes or for size of family, and only a slight difference occurred between the malaise scores of mothers of mildly and moderately handicapped children.

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