Midnab General Hospital
Al Qassim, Saudi Arabia
Introduction: Planned or unplanned hospitalization increases the family’s stress and anxiety level. Hospitalization creates stress as they interrupt normal routines and place increased demands on parents who must further divide their time between the normal responsibilities and their hospitalized child. Many parents feel a lack of control and sense of powerlessness when their child is hospitalized. Objectives: The objectives of the study were to identify the stressors and coping strategies adopted by mothers of children admitted in pediatric intensive care unit and to determine the co-relation between stressors and coping strategies adopted by mothers of children admitted in PICU. Methods: The setting chosen for the present study was the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of Sree Gokulam Medical College and hospital. 100 mothers were selected by using consecutive sampling techniques. Modified Parental stressor scale (PSS) and Modified Coping health Inventory for Parents (CHIP) were used to collect the data from mothers. Results: The present study found that Majority (94%) of mothers had severe stress because of stressors and only 06% of mothers had moderate stress. No one had mild stress. The present study found that 50% of mothers are coping well with the stressors from child’s PICU admission and remaining 50% are coping moderately with stressors. There was a weak positive correlation between stressors and coping strategies. Conclusion: The study concluded that stressors influence the stress level of mothers of children admitted in Pediatric intensive care unit.
Keywords: children, coping strategies, mothers, PICU, stress, stressors