Next Article in Journal
Perinatal Maternal Mental Health, Fetal Programming and Child Development
Next Article in Special Issue
A Theory-Based Approach for Developing Interventions to Change Patient Behaviours: A Medication Adherence Example from Paediatric Secondary Care
Previous Article in Journal
Spirituality in Renal Supportive Care: A Thematic Review
Previous Article in Special Issue
Pediatric Coccidioidomycosis Patients: Perceptions, Quality of Life and Psychosocial Factors
Open AccessArticle

Effectiveness of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Mothers of Children with Food Allergy: A Case Series

Department of Psychology, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK
Academic Editor: Helen Pattison
Healthcare 2015, 3(4), 1194-1211; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare3041194
Received: 15 October 2015 / Revised: 9 November 2015 / Accepted: 19 November 2015 / Published: 25 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Psychology in Healthcare Settings)
Background: Food allergy affects quality of life in patients and parents and mothers report high levels of anxiety and stress. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) may be helpful in reducing the psychological impact of food allergy. The aim of this study was to examine the appropriateness and effectiveness of CBT to improve psychological outcomes in parents of children with food allergy. Methods: Five parents (all mothers) from a local allergy clinic requested to have CBT; six mothers acted as controls and completed questionnaires only. CBT was individual and face-to face and lasted 12 weeks. All participants completed measures of anxiety and depression, worry, stress, general mental health, generic and food allergy specific quality of life at baseline and at 12 weeks. Results: Anxiety, depression and worry in the CBT group significantly reduced and overall mental health and QoL significantly improved from baseline to 12 weeks (all p < 0.05) in mothers in the CBT group; control group scores remained stable. Conclusions: CBT appears to be appropriate and effective in mothers of children with food allergy and a larger randomised control trial now needs to be conducted. Ways in which aspects of CBT can be incorporated into allergy clinic visits need investigation. View Full-Text
Keywords: anxiety; CBT; food allergy; parents; quality of life; worry anxiety; CBT; food allergy; parents; quality of life; worry
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Knibb, R.C. Effectiveness of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Mothers of Children with Food Allergy: A Case Series. Healthcare 2015, 3, 1194-1211.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop