Predictors of psychological adjustment, experienced parenting burden and chronic sorrow symptoms in parents of children with cerebral palsy

K Whittingham, D Wee, M R Sanders, R Boyd

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    Abstract

    Aim To investigate the role of child behaviour, parental coping and experiential avoidance in predicting the psychological outcomes of: (i) psychological symptoms; (ii) chronic sorrow symptoms; and (iii) experienced parenting burden in parents of children with cerebral palsy (CP). Method This study is a cross-sectional, correlational study. Ninety-four parents of children (aged 212 years) with CP (various levels of motor functioning GMFCS IV) participated. Results Together, the three predictors of child behaviour, parental coping and experiential avoidance explained 36.8% of the variance in psychological symptoms with child behavioural problems and experiential avoidance as significant unique predictors. In addition, 15.8% of the variance in chronic sorrow symptoms was explained by the three predictors with experiential avoidance alone as a significant unique predictor. Lastly, the predictors together explained 24.3% of the variance in experienced parenting burden with child behavioural problems and experiential avoidance as significant unique predictors. Conclusions This study demonstrates a relationship between child behavioural problems and parental psychological symptoms and experienced parenting burden as well as a relationship between experiential avoidance and parental psychological symptoms, experienced parenting burden and chronic sorrow symptoms.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)366-373
    Number of pages8
    JournalChild Care Health and Development
    Volume39
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • cerebral palsy
    • chronic sorrow
    • coping
    • experiential avoidance
    • parent
    • developmental-disabilities
    • decreases aggression
    • commitment therapy
    • acceptance
    • stress
    • health
    • autism
    • caregivers
    • families
    • behavior

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