ERIC Number: EJ1127725
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
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Executive Functioning Mediates the Effect of Behavioral Problems on Depression in Mothers of Children with Developmental Disabilities
Chan, Wai; Smith, Leann E.; Greenberg, Jan S.; Hong, Jinkuk; Mailick, Marsha R.
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v122 n1 p11-24 Jan 2017
The present investigation explored long-term relationships of behavioral symptoms of adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities with the mental health of their mothers. Fragile X premutation carrier mothers of an adolescent or adult child with fragile X syndrome (n = 95), and mothers of a grown child with autism (n = 213) were included. Behavioral symptoms at Time 1 were hypothesized to predict maternal depressive symptoms at Time 3 via maternal executive dysfunction at Time 2. Results provided support for the mediating pathway of executive dysfunction. Additionally, the association of behavioral symptoms with executive dysfunction differed across the two groups, suggesting that premutation carriers may be more susceptible to caregiving stress due to their genotype.
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Adolescents, Adults, Genetic Disorders, Mothers, Autism, Predictor Variables, Depression (Psychology), Correlation, Executive Function, Child Rearing, Stress Variables, Neurological Impairments
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. P.O. Box 1897, Lawrence, KS 66044-1897. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail: AJMR@allenpress.com; Web site: http://www.aaiddjournals.org/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH); National Institute on Aging (DHHS/NIH)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: P30HD003100S1|P30HD03352|R01AG08768|R01HD082110|U54HD090256