ERIC Number: ED383137
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-16
Reference Count: N/A
Stress, Coping, and the Family: Comparing Fathers and Mothers of Children with Disabilities.
This literature review compares the adjustment of mothers and fathers to the stress resulting from having a child with a disability. The ABCX model developed by Hill was selected for the analysis due to its emphasis on the response to stress in general of both the family as a whole and of individual family members. The model distinguishes between adjustment (reactions to routine transitions) and adaptation (reactions to crisis situations). The model identifies five family types: balanced, regenerative, resilient, rhythmic, and traditionalistic. A chart compares findings of seven studies on differences between mothers and fathers on a variety of issues. Results suggest that fathers and mothers react differently to stress and, therefore, may need to be viewed differently by educators. Two figures illustrate the adjustment and adaptation phases. (Contains 15 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ABC X Model (Hill)
Note: Paper presented at the Statewide Special Education Conference (Pierre, SD, November 16, 1994).