ERIC Number: EJ1100046
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Life Satisfaction among Mothers of Individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome
Shivers, Carolyn M.; Leonczyk, Caroline L.; Dykens, Elisabeth M.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n6 p2126-2137 Jun 2016
Mothers of individuals with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) often experience numerous stressors, even when compared to mothers of children with other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Despite this, these mothers show great variability in self-reported life satisfaction. Using data from a longitudinal study of individuals with PWS and their families, the present study analyzed factors related to maternal life satisfaction, both cross-sectionally and over time. Results show that both child factors (e.g., behavior problems, hyperphagia) and maternal factors (e.g., stress, coping style) were significantly related to maternal life satisfaction. However, none of the tested variables predicted change in life satisfaction over time. Research and practice implications are discussed.
Descriptors: Life Satisfaction, Mothers, Genetic Disorders, Longitudinal Studies, Performance Factors, Stress Variables, Behavior Problems, Child Behavior, Coping, Eating Disorders, Predictor Variables, Predictive Validity, Social Indicators, Children
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