Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: A study to investigate the relationship between parental stress, social support and level of child difficulty in parents of children attending an assessment unit
Author: Adams, Dawn
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2006
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Full text unavailable from EThOS. Please try the link below.
Access from Institution:
Parents of children with intellectual disabilities report relatively high levels of distress, with a wide range of child, parent, family and service support factors implicated in parental distress (Hatton and Emerson, 2003). Severity of a child’s difficulty is often linked with the level of parental stress (Keller and Honig, 2004). This study aims to investigate whether parental stress decreases subsequent to the assessment of their child’s difficulties, both immediately following and at a six month interval, at a multi-professional assessment centre. It was also the aim of this study to investigate any association between levels of parental stress, social support and levels of child difficulty. Participants included five parents whose children were being assessed currently (group 1), for which before and after measures were taken, and forty-four parents (group 2) whose children had been assessed six to twelve months previously. Parents completed questionnaires measuring parental stress, social support, level of child difficulty and a screening measure of depressive symptomology. This study found a significant difference between the levels of parental stress reported by the two groups. There were no group differences in levels of social support nor number of supports available. A significant difference was indicated between the two groups on a measure of perceived level of child difficulty. There was evidence of associations between parental stress, social support and perceived level of child difficulty. The results of this study supported the hypothesis that both social support and level of child difficulty are predicative of level of parental stress. However there was no support for the hypothesis that parental stress will reduce following their child’s assessment at a multi-professional assessment unit.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available