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What is my child telling me? Reducing stress, increasing competence and improving psychological well-being in parents of children with a developmental disability

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posted on 12.10.2021, 00:05 by John CallananJohn Callanan, Tania SignalTania Signal, Tina McAdieTina McAdie
High levels of stress in parents of children with a developmental disability have been extensively documented. These heightened stress levels seem independent of diagnosis and are better explained by the level of challenging behavior of the children. Furthermore, the relationship between stress level and difficult behavior appears reciprocal. The negative impact of stress on parents’ skill development, response to difficult behavior, sense of competence, well-being and the child's developmental outcomes have also been thoroughly detailed. The Parent Child Relationally Informed - Early Intervention (PCRI-EI) aims to expand the response repertoires of parents to help address the challenges of parenting a child with a developmental disability, including through reducing parental stress. The current study presents a quasi-experimental assessment of the efficacy of PCRI-EI in reducing stress levels and increasing sense of competency and psychological well-being in a sample of 22 parents of children with a variety of disabilities presenting to a community early childhood development service. Statistically and clinically significant changes in overall stress levels (Parenting Stress Index), psychological well-being (K6) and sense of competence (PSOC) were observed across time.

History

Volume

114

Start Page

1

End Page

8

Number of Pages

8

eISSN

1873-3379

ISSN

0891-4222

Location

United States

Publisher

Elsevier

Language

eng

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

28/04/2021

Era Eligible

Yes

Medium

Print-Electronic

Journal

Research in Developmental Disabilities

Article Number

103984