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ERIC Number: EJ746132
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 53
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0964-2633
Socio-Economic Position, Household Composition, Health Status and Indicators of the Well-Being of Mothers of Children with and without Intellectual Disabilities
Emerson, E.; Hatton, C.; Llewellyn, G.; Blacker, J.; Graham, H.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v50 n12 p862-873 Dec 2006
Background: Many previous studies have reported that mothers of children with intellectual disabilities (IDs) are more likely to show signs of psychological distress and have lower well-being than mothers of "typically developing" children. Our aim was to estimate the extent to which these differences may be accounted for by between-group differences in socio-economic position. Methods: This study involved secondary analysis of happiness, self-esteem and self-efficacy variables in a nationally representative sample of 6954 British mothers with dependent children under the age of 17 years, 514 of whom were supporting a child with an ID. Results: Mothers of children with IDs reported lower levels of happiness, self-esteem and self-efficacy than mothers of children without IDs. Statistically controlling for differences in socio-economic position, household composition and maternal characteristics fully accounted for the between-group differences in maternal happiness, and accounted for over 50 of the elevated risk for poorer self-esteem and self-efficacy. Conclusions: A socially and statistically significant proportion of the increased risk of poorer well-being among mothers of children with IDs may be attributed to their increased risk of socio-economic disadvantage.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom