Coping with stress in parents of children with developmental disabilities

Bujnowska, Anna M., Rodríguez, Celestino, García, Trinidad, Areces, Débora, and Marsh, Nigel V. (2021) Coping with stress in parents of children with developmental disabilities. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 21 (3). 100254.

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Background/Objective: Previous findings indicated that parents of children with developmental disabilities face greater care giving demands and report higher levels of stress. This study explores the styles and strategies of coping with stress among parents of children with developmental disabilities compared to parents of children with typical development.

Method: 167 parents of children with developmental disabilities and 103 parents of typical development children participated as a voluntary. The CISS and the COPE Inventory were used to assess the coping styles and strategies in rearing a child.

Results: The results from Multivariate Analysis indicated significant differences between parents of children with and without developmental disabilities in one of three coping styles and one of eight coping strategies. Parents of children with developmental disabilities less often used the avoidance-oriented style and emotional support strategy. The task-oriented style and strategies were the dominant approach in both groups of parents. In stressful situations connected with rearing a child, parents of children with developmental disabilities do not use as dominant strategies connected with seeking emotional support and religion, which occur in the parents of typical development children.

Conclusions: The results suggest areas where coping may be different than in families of children without DD.

Item ID: 68232
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2174-0852
Keywords: Coping strategies; Coping styles; Developmental disabilities; Parenting; Ex post facto study
Copyright Information: © 2021 Asociación Española de Psicología Conductual. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
Funders: Ministry of Sciences and Innovation (MSI), Principality of Asturias (PA)
Projects and Grants: MSI I+D+i project: PID2019-107201GB-100, PA regional project: FC-GRUPIN-IDI/2018/000199
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2021 23:59
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520302 Clinical psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200409 Mental health @ 100%
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