BACKGROUND: Living kidney donation is a complex emotional experience for donor candidates and recipients. The international literature underlines the importance of the type of donor-recipient bond to understand specific problems of donor candidates and optimize psychosocial evaluation and support for these patients. METHODS: The aim of our study was to analyze the emotional experience of donating in the living couple according to the type of donor-recipient bond (parental/nonparental) and the possible presence of psychopathologic symptoms in the couples pretransplantation and post-transplantation. RESULTS: Thirty donor-recipient couples (8 nonparental, emotionally linked couples [husband-wife or wife-husband], 22 genetically linked parental couples [16 parent-son or parent-daughter, 6 siblings]), recruited at the Organ Transplant Unit (University Hospital of Catania), were evaluated with a questionnaire (prepared ad hoc by the authors) to investigate the experience of donation in the couple and the aspects of the donor-recipient relationship in pre- and post-transplantation, and with the SCL-90-R to study the couples' possible psychopathologic variables before the donation and in the follow-up 24 months post-transplant. CONCLUSIONS: The authors have seen in their study how, in particular, the parent-child bond complicates the donation process, especially when the sons are young subjects. The "mental distress" that emerged and the "unpredictability" of behaviors of these subjects makes the adaptation process more complicated with difficulty in accepting the organ received. It is certainly necessary for transplant psychiatrists and psychologists to keep them "hooked" and work with them to increase awareness and therefore clarity of their behaviors.
|Titolo:||Critical Behavior and Psychopathologic Variables of the Parent-Child Couple in Living Kidney Transplantation|
PISTORIO, MARIA LUISA (Primo) (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|