Factors affecting parenting stress among biologically vulnerable toddlers

M. Loretta Secco, D. Askin, C. T. Yu, Jennifer Garinger, Carole Mulaire-Cloutier, Lisa Scharf, Lisa Schwartzman, Debra Konyk, Maurice Feldman

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Parenting a child with, or at risk for, a developmental delay or disability can be stressful. Abidin's parenting stress model was used as a framework to examine how several maternal, child, and family factors predict parent stress outcomes. Stepwise regression models revealed that maternal and child factors were significant contributors to parenting stress. However, family factors (income and family functioning) were not retained. Parenting stress was lower when child (cognitive and adaptive ability) and maternal (depression and child care competence) characteristics were more positive. Child cognitive ability was a strong contributor to total parenting stress and two parenting stress subscales. Findings suggest that these parents need stress lowering interventions such as supportive child care, respite relief, and a child behaviour-focused program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-156
Number of pages26
JournalComprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep. 2006


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