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|Title: ||Having a child with orofacial cleft: Initial reaction and psychosocial experiences of Ghanaian mothers|
|Authors: ||Bonsu, Adwoa Bemah|
Dzomeku, Veronica Millicent
Mensah, Kofi Boamah
Appiah, Anita Kusi
|Keywords: ||Qualitative research|
|Issue Date: ||2018|
|Publisher: ||International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences|
|Citation: ||International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences 8 (2018) 132–140|
|Abstract: ||Background: Orofacial cleft are the most prevalent congenital deformity of the orofacial region. The birth of a
child with orofacial cleft elicit emotional trauma in mothers.
Objectives: The study explored the reactions and psychosocial experiences of Ghanaian mothers’ having children
with cleft lip or/and palate in the Kumasi metropolis.
Methods: The study employed a qualitative exploratory descriptive design to realize its objectives. Purposive
sampling method was used and data saturation was achieved with 12 informants aged 18 years to above
40 years. All interviews were audio-taped and transcribed. Data analysis was done concurrently applying the
techniques of thematic analysis.
Results: Mothers’ described their initial reaction to the birth of the child as unexpected event with culminated
experiences such as shock and disappointment, leading to rejection of the child. Mothers’ experienced emotional
reactions such as sadness, anxiety and worry. Also, feeding challenges were experienced. Perceived and actual
stigma were expressed which led to social isolation. They received support from their spouses and health professionals.
Six main themes emerged were unexpected event, nutritional challenges, emotional reactions, participation
restriction, losses and support.
Conclusion: Mothers need supportive care from husbands, families and healthcare providers. There is also the
need to educate the general public on orofacial cleft.|
|Description: ||An article published in International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences 8 (2018) 132–140|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Health Sciences|
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