Predictors of care-giver stress in families of preschool-aged children with developmental disabilities

Plant, K. M. and Sanders, M. R. (2007) Predictors of care-giver stress in families of preschool-aged children with developmental disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 51 2: 109-124. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2788.2006.00829.x

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Author Plant, K. M.
Sanders, M. R.
Title Predictors of care-giver stress in families of preschool-aged children with developmental disabilities
Journal name Journal of Intellectual Disability Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0964-2633
1365-2788
Publication date 2007-02-01
Year available 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2006.00829.x
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 51
Issue 2
Start page 109
End page 124
Total pages 16
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2007
Language eng
Abstract Background This study examined the predictors, mediators and moderators of parent stress in families of preschool-aged children with developmental disability. Method One hundred and five mothers of preschool-aged children with developmental disability completed assessment measures addressing the key variables. Results Analyses demonstrated that the difficulty parents experienced in completing specific caregiving tasks, behaviour problems during these caregiving tasks, and level of child disability, respectively, were significant predictors of level of parent stress. In addition, parents’ cognitive appraisal of care-giving responsibilities had a mediating effect on the relationship between the child’s level of disability and parent stress. Mothers’ level of social support had a moderating effect on the relationship between key independent variables and level of parent stress. Conclusions Difficulty of care-giving tasks, difficult child behaviour during care-giving tasks, and level of child disability are the primary factors which contribute to parent stress. Implications of these findings for future research and clinical practice are outlined.
Keyword Education, Special
Genetics & heredity
Clinical neurology
Psychiatry
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 18 OCT 2006

 
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