The purpose and meaning of life is one of the most important religious, managerial, philosophical and psychological issues. Having meaning and purpose in life reflects mental health and increases the person's ability to do things. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to compare the purpose and meaning of life in parents before and after cardiac catheterization in children in Chamran Hospital of Isfahan in 2016.
This research is a descriptive analytic study. The statistical population was all parents of children admitted to Shahid Chamran Hospital in Isfahan, who referred to their child's cardiac catheterization. The sampling was done in a convenient way and equal to 89 people. To collect information, a demographic questionnaire and standard questionnaire of purpose and meaning in life (Crumbaugh & Maholick, 1969) with a reliability of 0.85 were used.
The results of this study showed that there is a significant difference between the purpose and meaning of life in parents before and after cardiac catheterization, and after cardiac catheterization was more than before. Also, there was a significant difference between the purpose and meaning of life in parents based on the educational level of the child and the age of the mother.
According to the results, the parents after the cardiac catheterization of the child had a higher life purpose and meaning compared to before operation. Parents seem to hope for life after the completion of child’s cardiac catheterization and in the hope of recovery, and they find the purpose and meaning of life.