The possibilities of using family psychotherapy of grief in the psychological rehabilitation of families with children with congenital heart defect
A.N. Bakulev Scientific Center of Cardiovascular Surgery, Ministry of Health of Russia, Moscow
The situation of surgical treatment of congenital heart defect (CHD) in infants is very stressful for their parents, and the adaptation involves working on grief, which makes it important to include the techniques of Family focused grief therapy (FFGT) in the process of psychological rehabilitation of the child's family. The aim of our study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the rehabilitation program using the basic techniques of family grief therapy when working with the family of a child who has a congenital heart defect. We have shown the effectiveness of using the techniques of FFGT within the psychological rehabilitation of families with children with CHD.
Keywords: congenital heart defect, pathological grief, communication, Family focused grief therapy, depression, anxiety.