ERIC Number: EJ746134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Reference Count: 26
Well-Being, Involvement in Paid Work and Division of Child-Care in Parents of Children with Intellectual Disabilities in Sweden
Olsson, M. B.; Hwang, C. P.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v50 n12 p963-969 Dec 2006
Background: The aim of the study was to compare mothers' and fathers' involvement in paid work and child-care in families of children with intellectual disability (ID) and control families and to test if differences in well-being between mothers and fathers of children with ID can be explained by differences in involvement in paid work and child-care. Methods: Mothers and fathers of 179 children with ID and 196 typically developing children answered mailed surveys on their involvement in paid work, child-care tasks and well-being. Only two-parent families were included. Results: The results show main effects for gender of the parent and presence of a child with ID on involvement in paid work and well-being. Interaction effects indicate that mothers of children with ID are more affected than fathers in their participation in paid work and well-being. A positive relation between level of participation in paid work and well-being was found for both mothers and fathers. No difference in division of child-care tasks was found between families of children with ID and control families. Differences in involvement in paid work and child-care in families of children with ID only explained 5% of the variance in the difference between mothers' and fathers' well-being. Conclusions: Families with children with ID differ from control families in that the parents are less involved in paid work and have lower levels of well-being. A positive relation between involvement in paid work and well-being was found.
Descriptors: Well Being, Mental Retardation, Child Care, Children, Foreign Countries, Mail Surveys, Comparative Analysis, Mothers, Fathers, Parent Child Relationship, Employment, Gender Differences, Employed Parents, Correlation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden