Date of Award
Master of Public Health
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.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Ton, Crystal Dawn, "Caregiver Burden: A Qualitative Approach to Understanding the Experiences of Caregivers to Technologically-Dependent Children with Cerebral Palsy" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 477.