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Stress and coping in parents of children with cerebral palsy

Richardson, Katherine; (1998) Stress and coping in parents of children with cerebral palsy. Doctoral thesis (D.Clin.Psy.), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Parental adaptation was investigated in fifty-nine families with a child with cerebral palsy. Fifty-nine mothers and twenty-five fathers completed self-administered questionnaires and were interviewed in their own homes. Associations between descriptor variables (child characteristics, life events, parental resources and coping strategies) and outcome measures of stress were investigated. Twenty-five dyads of mothers and fathers were compared. Results indicated high levels of stress in both parents, particularly mothers. The overall ability of the child, in particular socialisation and communication skills, was related to stress in both mothers and fathers. Parental life events, unmet service need, neuroticism and the use of wishful thinking were related to stress in both mothers and fathers. Child behaviour problems were related to stress in mothers. In both parents the use of practical coping strategies and seeking support was related to improved outcome.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Clin.Psy.
Title: Stress and coping in parents of children with cerebral palsy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
Keywords: Psychology; Cerebral palsy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10099046
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