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ERIC Number: ED276169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Stress Management Training for Parents of Severely Handicapped Children.
Singer, George H. S.
The study examined the efficacy of a stress management training procedure for reducing anxiety and depression in parents of severely handicapped children between the ages of 4 and 16. Thirty-six parents were randomly assigned to treatment or control groups which completed pre- and post-measures of the State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDS). Participants in the treatment group attended weekly 2-hour classes for 10 weeks, during which they were taught (1) self-monitoring of stressful events and their physiological reactions to those events; (2) muscle relaxation skills; and (3) modification of cognitions associated with distress. Analysis of descriptive measures showed that the groups were equivalent in regard to age, income, education, social support, stress, and the child's maladaptive behavior. Among results was that the experimental group, which had a higher overall measure of depression at pretest than did the control group, had a lower overall measure of depression at posttest, while the control group's depression score increased slightly. Analysis of the social validation measures showed that participating parents rated all elements of the treatment positively. A 36-item reference list is appended. (JW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oregon Research Inst., Eugene.