ERIC Number: EJ709270
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-1
Reference Count: 47
Maternal Caregiving Strain as a Mediator in the Relationship between Child and Mother Mental Health Problems
Sales, Esther; Greeno, Catherine; Shear, M. Katherine; Anderson, Carol
Social Work Research, v28 n4 p211 Dec 2004
This study examined whether the general stress--caregiver strain--mental health outcome model may be as appropriate for caregivers of minor-age children as it has been for caregivers of adults with chronic illness. The authors examined whether children's behavioral problems are related to mothers' caregiving strains, which then is related to greater maternal mental health symptomatology. Mothers of 222 children referred for mental health services completed the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), Caregiver Strain Questionnaire (CGSQ), and three dependent variable measures: Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), and the SF-36 Mental Health Scale. Path analyses and Sobel tests supported the tested model that maternal caregiving strain mediates between child mental health problems and three indicators of maternal mental health problems, with significant indirect pathways through maternal caregiving strain replacing the formerly significant direct contribution of child's problem severity to each maternal mental health measure.
Descriptors: Depression (Psychology), Anxiety, Child Behavior, Check Lists, Caregivers, Mothers, Mental Health, Stress Variables, Behavior Problems, Parent Child Relationship
National Association of Social Workers, 750 First Street, NE, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20002. Web site: http://www.naswdc.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beck Anxiety Inventory; Beck Depression Inventory; Child Behavior Checklist