Vulnerabilities and stresses of families of children with Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome

Keywords: Mothers; Microcephaly; Zika Virus Infection; Epidemics.

Abstract

Objective: to identify situations of vulnerability and accumulation of tensions in the care of the child with Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome. Methods: qualitative study, in which 40 mothers of children with Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome participated. The research instruments used were a semi-structured interview, construction of genograms and ecomaps and field diary notes. The collected data were submitted to content analysis in the thematic modality. Results: the main situations identified were caring alone for the child with Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome; conflicts with the partner or marital separation; family abandonment; absence or health problems with other children; and financial difficulties. Conclusion: vulnerabilities, family conflicts, and financial difficulties were considered sources of family tension and stress when facing expenses with medications and treatments, revealing racial and socioeconomic disparities in the access to health care.


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Published
2021-07-12
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Research Article