Parenting children with eczema: What are the challenges and why is it difficult?

Sillar, Katie (2011). Parenting children with eczema: What are the challenges and why is it difficult? Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

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Author Sillar, Katie
Thesis Title Parenting children with eczema: What are the challenges and why is it difficult?
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2011-10-12
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Dr Alina Morawska
Total pages 100
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary Eczema is a common chronic illness of childhood which can significantly impair the quality of life of affected children. Parents of children with eczema face particular challenges associated with managing the disease, and research indicates that child behaviour difficulties, dysfunctional parenting styles, parent psychological adjustment, and parents' self-efficacy for performing eczema management tasks can affect parents' ability to successfully manage their child's condition. The present study examined the relationship between these variables and both the intensity of problematic child behaviours specific to eczema and parents' confidence for dealing with such behaviours. Parents of children aged 3-10 years with eczema (N = 269) completed a battery of questionnaires including a newly developed measure, the Eczema Behaviour Checklist (EBC). Results showed excellent internal consistency for both the Intensity and Confidence subscales of the EBC, and construct validity indicated by a positive correlation between parents‟ self-efficacy for eczema management and parents‟ confidence for dealing with problematic child eczema behaviours. As expected, greater intensity of problematic child eczema behaviours was associated with reduced parental confidence for managing these behaviours. Parenting dysfunction and parents' self-efficacy for eczema management significantly predicted parents' confidence for dealing with problematic child eczema behaviours as well as the intensity of these behaviours, with the latter also significantly predicted by child behaviour difficulties. These findings suggest that parents of children with eczema would benefit from interventions which focus on developing effective parental discipline styles and building self-efficacy for eczema management, in addition to providing strategies for managing difficult child behaviour.
Keyword Parenting children with eczema
Child behaviour difficulties

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