Predictors of stress in mothers and fathers of children with Fragile-X syndrome

McCarthy, Annette, Cuskelly, Monica, van Kraayenoord, Christina E. and Cohen, Jonathan (2006) Predictors of stress in mothers and fathers of children with Fragile-X syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 27 6: 688-704. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2005.10.002

Author McCarthy, Annette
Cuskelly, Monica
van Kraayenoord, Christina E.
Cohen, Jonathan
Title Predictors of stress in mothers and fathers of children with Fragile-X syndrome
Journal name Research in Developmental Disabilities   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0891-4222
Publication date 2006-01-01
Year available 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ridd.2005.10.002
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 27
Issue 6
Start page 688
End page 704
Total pages 17
Place of publication New York ; Oxford
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Subject 130312 Special Education and Disability
Abstract This study examined parental and family stress and functioning where there is a child with fragile X syndrome. Mothers and fathers in 40 families were asked about their child with fragile X syndrome, family supports, their psychological stress, the marital relationship, and their family stress. Results indicate parents were well adjusted in terms of their levels of psychological stress and in their marital relationships, however, parents reported high levels of family stress. Mothers and fathers were found to experience similar levels of stress and to report similar levels of satisfaction with supports. Stress was predicted by different variables in mothers and fathers, suggesting that different processes underlie their experiences. The strongest predictor of maternal stress was the level of marital satisfaction while the strongest predictor of paternal stress was the level of the child's adaptive skills.
Keyword Fragile X
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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