Research has shown that the inability of some mothers to resolve their emotions when confronted with the birth of a child with a disability of cerebral palsy or epilepsy can put the child at greater risk for disruptions of attachment. This qualitative study examined mothers' emotional state of resolution or non-resolution of their children's disability of Down syndrome or autism, and mothers' perceptions of the use of a cognitive intervention. Grounded theory was used to analyze the interviews and the cognitive intervention. The results showed that in addition to the two major categories of resolution and non-resolution, a third major category called “resolving” emerged from the data. New subcategories were discovered, and parts of the cognitive intervention were helpful.


Resolution, Non-Resolution, Down Syndrome, Autism, Cognitive Intervention, Qualitative Study, Grounded Theory, and Reaction to Diagnosis Interview

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