ERIC Number: EJ818769
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
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Reference Count: 58
The Relationship between Sources and Functions of Social Support and Dimensions of Child- and Parent-Related Stress
Guralnick, M. J.; Hammond, M. A.; Neville, B.; Connor, R. T.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v52 n12 p1138-1154 Dec 2008
Background: In this longitudinal study, we examined the relationship between the sources and functions of social support and dimensions of child- and parent-related stress for mothers of young children with mild developmental delays. Methods: Sixty-three mothers completed assessments of stress and support at two time points. Results: Multiple regression analyses revealed that parenting support during the early childhood period (i.e. advice on problems specific to their child and assistance with child care responsibilities), irrespective of source, consistently predicted most dimensions of parent stress assessed during the early elementary years and contributed unique variance. General support (i.e. primarily emotional support and validation) from various sources had other, less widespread effects on parental stress. Conclusions: The multidimensional perspective of the construct of social support that emerged suggested mechanisms mediating the relationship between support and stress and provided a framework for intervention.
Descriptors: Social Support Groups, Mothers, Young Children, Developmental Delays, Stress Variables, Longitudinal Studies, Correlation, Child Rearing, Early Intervention, Parent Education, Predictor Variables
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