Differences in specific concerns perceived by parents of children with cleft lip and/or palate based on the types of cleft

Kazuteru Niinomi, Shingo Ueki, Yuichi Fujita, Mika Kitao, Eriko Matsunaka, Yukari Kumagai, Miho Ike

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Abstract

Background: Parents of children with cleft lip and/or palate (CL/P) have concerns including guilt and worry. Differences in concerns by cleft type is, however, under-researched. Aim: To compare differences in perceived concerns among parents of children with CL/P by cleft type, adjusting for children's gender and age. Design: Cross-sectional study conducted in an outpatient centre, assessing psychological status of 171 parents of children aged <12 with CL/P using 12 items. Results: Across cleft types, ‘I am worried about whether the child's teeth will be straight’ was the most strongly perceived concern (70.8%). After adjusting for gender and age, logistic regression showed significant differences in type of CL/P for (eg) ‘I am worried that the child's appearance will not be beautiful’, associated with CL over CP (OR = 0.07, 95% CI: 0.02–0.26) and CLP over CP (8.52, 3.23–22.50);’ ‘I am concerned about my child being able to speak well’, associated with CP (3.12, 1.07–9.11) and CLP (5.69, 2.43–13.33) over CL, and ‘I am worried that the child could suffer due to his/her appearance’, associated with CL over CP (0.08, 0.02–0.29) and CLP over CP (10.07, 13.78–27.36). Conclusions: Parents’ concerns were influenced by cleft type.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dentistry(all)

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