Development, implementation and evaluation of a new self-help programme for mothers of haemophilic children in Korea: a pilot study


Younhee Jeong, Kyunghee University, 1 Hoegi-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, 130-701, Korea (ROK).
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Summary.  Developing an effective support group programme is necessary to help the mothers of haemophilic children to encourage their children to live healthily and independently through early management, as well as to reduce the mothers’ depression and stress. Although the need is high, there is no self-help group programme for mothers in Korea yet.The purpose of this study was to develop, implement and evaluate a new self-help group programme for mothers of children with haemophilia.Pre-experimental design was used to evaluate the effect of a pilot group. Participants were 12 mothers of haemophilic children below 15 years old. Knowledge on haemophilia, self-efficacy, depression, rearing stress and quality of life were evaluated using questionnaires. A Wilcoxon signed rank test was used to compare pre- and post-test.Knowledge, self-efficacy and quality of life were significantly increased, while depression was statistically reduced after the programme. The rearing stress was also reduced, but the result was not statistically significant.The self-help programme for mothers of haemophilic children increased the mothers’ knowledge of haemophilia, self-efficacy and quality of life, while decreasing their depression symptoms. It seems that the programme was effective, but additional experimental study is necessary to verify the effects of the programme.