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Pediatric Chronic Migraine Severity and Maternal Stress

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Department of Psychology, Educational Science and Human Movement, University of Palermo, 90128 Palermo, Italy
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Clinic of Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry, Department of Mental Health, Physical and Preventive Medicine, Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, 81100 Caserta, Italy
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Academic Editor: Giovanni Biondi
Pediatr. Rep. 2021, 13(4), 576-582; https://doi.org/10.3390/pediatric13040068
Received: 4 September 2021 / Revised: 1 October 2021 / Accepted: 12 October 2021 / Published: 15 October 2021
Primary headache is an increasing phenomenon in pediatric age, and very often, it causes disabling limitations in children’s daily activities, negatively affecting family well-being. There are conflicting data in the literature on the impact of children’s migraines on parental experienced stress. This study aimed to evaluate maternal stress in a sample of school-aged children with a migraine without aura (MwoA) and its correlation with migraine intensity and frequency. A total of 474 mothers aged between 31 and 55 participated in the study: 237 were mothers of children with MwoA, and 237 were mothers of typical developing children. All participants were administered the Parent Stress Index-Short Form (PSI-SF) for the assessment of parental stress; the Pediatric Migraine Disability Assessment (PedMIDAS) was administered to children with MwoA to assess the presence of a related disability migraine. The results showed a significantly higher rate of stress in mothers of MwoA children (p < 0.001) in all the domains explored by the PSI-SF and a statistically significant correlation between the maternal stress total score and the intensity and frequency of migraine attacks (p < 0.0001). This study highlights the need for the holistic contribution of the family to be considered in the clinical management of pediatric migraines. View Full-Text
Keywords: primary headache; maternal stress; migraine without aura; PedMIDAS primary headache; maternal stress; migraine without aura; PedMIDAS
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Smirni, D.; Carotenuto, M. Pediatric Chronic Migraine Severity and Maternal Stress. Pediatr. Rep. 2021, 13, 576-582. https://doi.org/10.3390/pediatric13040068

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Smirni D, Carotenuto M. Pediatric Chronic Migraine Severity and Maternal Stress. Pediatric Reports. 2021; 13(4):576-582. https://doi.org/10.3390/pediatric13040068

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Smirni, Daniela, and Marco Carotenuto. 2021. "Pediatric Chronic Migraine Severity and Maternal Stress" Pediatric Reports 13, no. 4: 576-582. https://doi.org/10.3390/pediatric13040068

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