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26-07-2023 | Anxiety | ORIGINAL PAPER

The Association Between Religious Belief and Postoperative Psychological Status and Quality of Life of Parents of Children with Congenital Heart Disease: A Single Center Experience in Southeast China

Authors: Wen-Hao Lin, Yu-Kun Chen, Shi-Hao Lin, Hua Cao, Qiang Chen

Published in: Journal of Religion and Health | Issue 3/2024

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Abstract

This study aimed to investigate the association of religious belief on the postoperative psychological status and quality of life of parents of children with congenital heart disease (CHD). This was a cross-sectional study conducted at a provincial children’s hospital in Fujian Province, China. Parents of postoperative children with CHD in the early postoperative period were included in this study between January 2020 and September 2020. The parents were divided into a religious belief group (n = 39) and a nonreligious belief group (n = 42) depending on whether they had religious beliefs. The Religious Coping Questionnaire, WHOQOL-BREF scale, Self-rating depression scale (SDS), and Self-rating anxiety scale (SAS) were used to evaluate psychological status and quality of life. The results showed that the SDS and SAS scores in the religious belief group were significantly lower than those in the nonreligious belief group (P = 0.012 and P = 0.003, respectively). The WHOQOL-BREF scale results showed that the religious belief group’s score was significantly higher than those in the nonreligious belief group on the subscale scores of physiology, psychology, social relations, and environment on the WHOQOL-BREF. The total score of quality of life in the religious belief group was significantly higher than that in the nonreligious belief group. Religious belief was associated with lower SDS score (β = − 0.324, P = 0.005) and SAS score (β = − 0.245, P = 0.026), while religious belief was positively correlated with the score of WHOQOL-BREF (β = 0.506, P < 0.001). In this study, we concluded that comparing to those with no religious beliefs, parents with religious belief experienced more positive emotions and higher quality of life when taking care of children in the early postoperative period after congenital heart surgery.
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Metadata
Title
The Association Between Religious Belief and Postoperative Psychological Status and Quality of Life of Parents of Children with Congenital Heart Disease: A Single Center Experience in Southeast China
Authors
Wen-Hao Lin
Yu-Kun Chen
Shi-Hao Lin
Hua Cao
Qiang Chen
Publication date
26-07-2023
Publisher
Springer US
Published in
Journal of Religion and Health / Issue 3/2024
Print ISSN: 0022-4197
Electronic ISSN: 1573-6571
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-023-01874-9

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