Factors relating to stress and satisfaction with life in families of children with Down's syndrome

Patricia Sloper, Christina Knussen, Stephen Turner, Cliff C. Cunningham

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Abstract

In a study of families of children with Down's syndrome, measures of parent, family and child characteristics were obtained from mothers and fathers. Multivariable analyses investigated their relationships to outcome measures of psychosomatic symptoms of stress and parents' perceived satisfaction with life. Personality factors were related to outcome for both parents. For mothers, the children's levels of behaviour problems, excitability and self-sufficiency were strongly related to outcome. Coping strategies, family relationships and socio-economic factors also showed significant effects. For fathers, child characteristics were not related to outcome. The marital relationship was an important factor and there was evidence that factors external to the family acted as stressors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)655-676
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume32
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1991

Keywords

  • Down's syndrome
  • Multivariable analyses
  • stress
  • family relationships

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