Maternal attributions related to compliance with cystic fibrosis treatment

Steven A. Hobbs, Julie B Schweitzer, Lindsey L. Cohen, Amber L. Hayes, Cindy Schoell, Brian K. Crain

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This study examined mothers' attributions related to their children's compliance with various components of medical treatment for cystic fibrosis (CF). Mothers of children with CF were queried regarding adherence rates and reasons for child compliance with chest physiotherapy, inhalation therapy, exercise, medication, and dietary treatments. Maternal attributions for compliance were assessed on the dimensions of parental locus, stability, and controllability. Mothers reported significantly less compliance with diet than with other CF treatments; they also perceived the reasons for compliance with diet and exercise as more external and less under their control. These findings are discussed in relation to parent-child interactions that may be critical to improving treatment adherence, particularly in the context of nutritional interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-277
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Maternal atributions
  • Medical adherence
  • Medical compliance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology


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