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The contribution of marital quality to the well-being of parents of children with developmental disabilities.
J Intellect Disabil Res. 2006 Dec; 50(Pt 12):883-93.JI

Abstract

BACKGROUND

This study examines the contribution of the marital relationship to the well-being of both mothers and fathers of children with developmental disabilities. Parent well-being is conceptualized in terms of mental health, parenting stress and parenting efficacy.

METHODS

These analyses are based on data from 67 families participating in the Early Intervention Collaborative Study, an ongoing longitudinal investigation of the development of children with disabilities and the adaptation of their families. Multidimensional assessment techniques were used to collect data from married mothers and fathers and their child with a disability. Mother and father data were analysed separately using parallel hierarchical regression models.

RESULTS

For both mothers and fathers, greater marital quality predicted lower parenting stress and fewer depressive symptoms above and beyond socio-economic status, child characteristics and social support. In relation to parenting efficacy, marital quality added significant unique variance for mothers but not for fathers. For fathers, greater social support predicted increased parenting efficacy. Child behaviour was also a powerful predictor of parental well-being for both mothers and fathers.

CONCLUSION

The findings support the importance of the marital relationship to parental well-being and illustrate the value of including fathers in studies of children with developmental disabilities.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA. kersh@bc.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17100949

Citation

Kersh, J, et al. "The Contribution of Marital Quality to the Well-being of Parents of Children With Developmental Disabilities." Journal of Intellectual Disability Research : JIDR, vol. 50, no. Pt 12, 2006, pp. 883-93.
Kersh J, Hedvat TT, Hauser-Cram P, et al. The contribution of marital quality to the well-being of parents of children with developmental disabilities. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2006;50(Pt 12):883-93.
Kersh, J., Hedvat, T. T., Hauser-Cram, P., & Warfield, M. E. (2006). The contribution of marital quality to the well-being of parents of children with developmental disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research : JIDR, 50(Pt 12), 883-93.
Kersh J, et al. The Contribution of Marital Quality to the Well-being of Parents of Children With Developmental Disabilities. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2006;50(Pt 12):883-93. PubMed PMID: 17100949.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The contribution of marital quality to the well-being of parents of children with developmental disabilities. AU - Kersh,J, AU - Hedvat,T T, AU - Hauser-Cram,P, AU - Warfield,M E, PY - 2006/11/15/pubmed PY - 2007/2/21/medline PY - 2006/11/15/entrez SP - 883 EP - 93 JF - Journal of intellectual disability research : JIDR JO - J Intellect Disabil Res VL - 50 IS - Pt 12 N2 - BACKGROUND: This study examines the contribution of the marital relationship to the well-being of both mothers and fathers of children with developmental disabilities. Parent well-being is conceptualized in terms of mental health, parenting stress and parenting efficacy. METHODS: These analyses are based on data from 67 families participating in the Early Intervention Collaborative Study, an ongoing longitudinal investigation of the development of children with disabilities and the adaptation of their families. Multidimensional assessment techniques were used to collect data from married mothers and fathers and their child with a disability. Mother and father data were analysed separately using parallel hierarchical regression models. RESULTS: For both mothers and fathers, greater marital quality predicted lower parenting stress and fewer depressive symptoms above and beyond socio-economic status, child characteristics and social support. In relation to parenting efficacy, marital quality added significant unique variance for mothers but not for fathers. For fathers, greater social support predicted increased parenting efficacy. Child behaviour was also a powerful predictor of parental well-being for both mothers and fathers. CONCLUSION: The findings support the importance of the marital relationship to parental well-being and illustrate the value of including fathers in studies of children with developmental disabilities. SN - 0964-2633 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17100949/The_contribution_of_marital_quality_to_the_well_being_of_parents_of_children_with_developmental_disabilities_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -