Predictors of psychological adjustment, experienced parenting burden and chronic sorrow symptoms in parents of children with cerebral palsy

Whittingham, K., Wee, D., Sanders, M. R. and Boyd, R. (2013) Predictors of psychological adjustment, experienced parenting burden and chronic sorrow symptoms in parents of children with cerebral palsy. Child Care Health and Development, 39 3: 366-373. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2214.2012.01396.x


Author Whittingham, K.
Wee, D.
Sanders, M. R.
Boyd, R.
Title Predictors of psychological adjustment, experienced parenting burden and chronic sorrow symptoms in parents of children with cerebral palsy
Journal name Child Care Health and Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0305-1862
1365-2214
Publication date 2013-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2012.01396.x
Open Access Status
Volume 39
Issue 3
Start page 366
End page 373
Total pages 8
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim: To investigate the role of child behaviour, parental coping and experiential avoidance in predicting the psychological outcomes of: (i) psychological symptoms; (ii) chronic sorrow symptoms; and (iii) experienced parenting burden in parents of children with cerebral palsy (CP).

Method: This study is a cross-sectional, correlational study. Ninety-four parents of children (aged 2-12 years) with CP (various levels of motor functioning GMFCS I-V) participated.

Results: Together, the three predictors of child behaviour, parental coping and experiential avoidance explained 36.8% of the variance in psychological symptoms with child behavioural problems and experiential avoidance as significant unique predictors. In addition, 15.8% of the variance in chronic sorrow symptoms was explained by the three predictors with experiential avoidance alone as a significant unique predictor. Lastly, the predictors together explained 24.3% of the variance in experienced parenting burden with child behavioural problems and experiential avoidance as significant unique predictors.

Conclusions: This study demonstrates a relationship between child behavioural problems and parental psychological symptoms and experienced parenting burden as well as a relationship between experiential avoidance and parental psychological symptoms, experienced parenting burden and chronic sorrow symptoms.
Keyword Cerebral palsy
Chronic sorrow
Coping
Experiential avoidance
Parent
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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