Stress and coping among parents of handicapped children: A multidimensional approach

K. S. Frey, Mark T. Greenberg, R. R. Fewell

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Abstract

The relations of child characteristics, family social network, parent belief systems, and coping styles to parent outcome were examined with parents of 48 young handicapped children. Child characteristics predicted mothers' and fathers' parenting stress and fathers' psychological distress. Parental belief systems predicted all three parent outcomes for mothers and fathers. Coping styles predicted psychological distress and fathers' family adjustment. Social network predicted family adjustment and fathers' psychological distress. Psychological distress was low in mothers who had either a positive belief system or a noncritical family network. Findings support the value of a multidimensional examination of family characteristics that medicate the impact of a child's handicap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-249
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal on Mental Retardation
Volume94
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

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  • Education
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Frey, K. S. ; Greenberg, Mark T. ; Fewell, R. R. / Stress and coping among parents of handicapped children : A multidimensional approach. In: American Journal on Mental Retardation. 1989 ; Vol. 94, No. 3. pp. 240-249.
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In: American Journal on Mental Retardation, Vol. 94, No. 3, 01.01.1989, p. 240-249.

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