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How do children’s challenges to function and participation impact maternal stress? A survey of mothers of children with suspected developmental co-ordination disorder

Allen, S. and Knott, F. (2016) How do children’s challenges to function and participation impact maternal stress? A survey of mothers of children with suspected developmental co-ordination disorder. New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, 63 (2). pp. 29-37. ISSN 1171-0462

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Abstract/Summary

Mothers of children with suspected developmental coordination disorder qualitatively report high levels of parenting stress. The parent-child relationship impacts on opportuni-ties for participation available to the child and family. This study used standardised measures to quantify maternal stress and to examine factors that may be associated with parenting stress (social support and coping child diagnosis, motor skills and sensory pro-cessing). Maternal stress was high but not associated with child motor impairment. In-stead, stress was correlated with child sensory processing problems, maternal social sup-port and coping. Mothers are at risk and concerns about the child should be considered in the context of family need.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience
ID Code:69294
Publisher:Occupational Therapy New Zealand-Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa

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