Predictors of needs for community and financial resources for families of pre-school children with cerebral palsy

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Abstract

An understanding of predictors of family needs for the families of preschool children with cerebral palsy (CP) is important for provision of efficient and cost-effective services. The aim of this study was to identify the characteristics of children, families and services that are risk factors to meeting family needs for community and financial resources. 234 parents of pre-school children with CP completed a modified version of the Family Needs Survey (FNS), the Measure of Processes of Care (MPOC-20), and a demographic questionnaire. The gross motor function level and communication function level of children were classified on the basis of the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) and the Communication Function Classification System (CFCS) respectively. Two hierarchical multiple regression models were generated to determine the predictors of unmet family needs. The socialisation and communication skills of children, as well as caregiver employment and family income levels were significant predictors of family needs for community resources (adjusted R2=0.44). Significant risk factors in terms of family needs for financial resources included the child's gross motor limitations, caregiver employment, low levels of family income and no ability to receive services on the basis of enabling and partnership principles (adjusted R2=0.51). A child's limitations in terms of communication, gross motor functions and socialisation, as well as the socioeconomic status of the child's family, must be taken into account when planning services for families with preschool children with CP.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSHS Web of Conferences
Subtitle of host publication5th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference SOCIETY. HEALTH. WELFARE
EditorsAivars Vētra, Lolita Vilka
PublisherEDP Sciences
Volume30
ISBN (Print)978-2-7598-9007-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event5th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference SOCIETY. HEALTH. WELFARE - Riga, Latvia
Duration: 26 Nov 201428 Nov 2014
Conference number: 5

Publication series

NameSHS Web of Conferences
ISSN (Print)2261-2424

Conference

Conference5th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference SOCIETY. HEALTH. WELFARE
Country/TerritoryLatvia
CityRiga
Period26/11/1428/11/14

Keywords

  • children
  • cerebral palsy
  • family needs

Field of Science

  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type

  • 3.1. Articles or chapters in proceedings/scientific books indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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