Title

Stress and coping: A comparison of self-report measures of functioning in families of young children with cerebral palsy or no medical diagnosis

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-2003

Abstract

We analyzed data from 87 mothers of children ages 15 to 44 months with cerebral palsy (CP) or no diagnosis, who completed the Dyadic Adjustment Scale, Parenting Stress Index, Support Functions Scale, and Inventory of Social Support. Principal components analysis of the 15 subscales from the 5 measures revealed few cross-measure loadings. Mothers of children with CP (severe or mild) reported higher levels of parenting stress than did mothers of controls. However, cluster analysis of self-report measures yielded a 5-cluster solution, with no diagnostic group differences across clusters. That is, there were no overall differences in self-reported family functioning according to presence or severity of the child's disability. The results are discussed in terms of the organization of family systems and their relationship to child diagnosis. Clinical implications for assessing and working with families are noted.

Publication Name

Journal of Child and Family Studies

Volume Number

12

First Page

335

Last Page

348

Issue Number

3

DOI

10.1023/A:1023943928358

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