Comparisons between youth of a parent with MS and a control group on adjustment, caregiving, attachment and family functioning

Pakenham, K. I. and Cox, S. (2014) Comparisons between youth of a parent with MS and a control group on adjustment, caregiving, attachment and family functioning. Psychology and Health, 29 1: 1-15. doi:10.1080/08870446.2013.813944


Author Pakenham, K. I.
Cox, S.
Title Comparisons between youth of a parent with MS and a control group on adjustment, caregiving, attachment and family functioning
Journal name Psychology and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0887-0446
1476-8321
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08870446.2013.813944
Open Access Status
Volume 29
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Few studies have examined the effects of parental MS on children, and those that have suffered from numerous methodological weaknesses, some of which are addressed in this study. This study investigated the effects of parental MS on children by comparing youth of a parent with MS to youth who have no family member with a serious health condition on adjustment outcomes, caregiving, attachment and family functioning. A questionnaire survey methodology was used. Measures included youth somatisation, health, pro-social behaviour, behavioural-social difficulties, caregiving, attachment and family functioning. A total of 126 youth of a parent with MS were recruited from MS Societies in Australia and, were matched one-to-one with youth who had no family member with a health condition drawn from a large community sample. Comparisons showed that youth of a parent with MS did not differ on any of the outcomes except for peer relationship problems: adolescent youth of a parent with MS reported lower peer relationship problems than control adolescents. Overall, results did not support prior research findings suggesting adverse impacts of parental MS on youth.
Keyword Adjustment
Attachment
Caregiving
Children
Family
Parental multiple sclerosis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 11 July 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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