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Title: The effects of parental cognitions on stress reactions in parents of children with intellectual disabilities
Author: Hassall, Richard.
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2002
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This thesis consists of a literature review, a research report, and a public dissemination paper. The literature review, intended for submission to Clinical Psychology Review, begins with a review of theories of stress in parents caring for children with disabilities or other disorders. The importance of parental cognitions is a common theme in these theories, and the literature on three forms of parental cognitions is therefore reviewed. The review concludes by discussing the implications of this research for parents of children with intellectual disabilities. The research report, intended for submission to the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, is a study of parenting stress in 46 mothers of children with intellectual disabilities. The study includes measures of child characteristics, family support, and parental cognitions. The results show that parenting stress is associated with child behaviour difficulties, parental locus of control, and parenting satisfaction. Some potential clinical implications of these findings are discussed. The public dissemination paper provides a summary of the literature review and research report for a non-psychological readership. It is written for the school headteachers who assisted in recruiting participants and for several of the participants who requested feedback on the outcome of the research.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Parenting Medicine Psychology