Spirituality and Quality of Life among Parents of Adolescents with Spina Bifida

Asma A. Taha, Aaron M. Eisen, Hana Q. Abdul-Rahman, Tariq Q. Abdul-Rahman, Stacey La, Douglas Hanes, Alexander Zouros

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In this investigational cross-sectional study, we explored the relationships among caregiver burden, depressive symptoms, spirituality, and quality of life (QOL) in 58 parental caregivers of adolescents with spina bifida (SB). A hierarchical linear regression analysis provided evidence that depressive symptoms and caregiver burden were negatively related to QOL scores, but spirituality was positively related. We found a significant interaction between caregiver burden and spirituality, suggesting that spirituality moderates the relationship between caregiver burden and quality of life. The negative effect of caregiver burden on QOL decreased as spirituality increased. These results warrant further research into how caregiver burden and spirituality intersect and impact QOL in parental caregivers of adolescents with SB.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)742-750
Number of pages9
JournalWestern journal of nursing research
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2021


  • caregiver burden
  • depressive symptoms
  • quality of life
  • spina bifida
  • spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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