Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

582

Date

2012

Date of Award

4-17-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Major

Public Health

Committee Chair

Satish Kedia

Committee Member

Sato Ashido

Committee Member

Ken Ward

Abstract

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a broad term that refers to a group of chronic neurological disorders that impairs motor functing due to damage to a developieng brain. Caring for a child with CP who is technologically-dependent is a challenging experience. The caregiver's experinces are critical to understanding this population and learning best how to serve its needs. Therefore, this thesis qualitatively explores both the burdens and benefits assocaited with caregiving for a child with CP. The findings from such exploration suggest that two types of burden, objective and subjective, are present in the livesof these caregivers, as well as the benefits recieved from the child or the caregiving situtaion. Furthermore, evidence suggests these two types of burdens are often intertwined and when compounded, it can make certain individuals more burdened than others.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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