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ERIC Number: EJ835121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Practitioners Who Work with Parents with Intellectual Disability: Stress, Coping and Training Needs
Clayton, Olivia; Chester, Andrea; Mildon, Robyn; Matthews, Jan
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v21 n4 p367-376 Jul 2008
Background: Challenges for practitioners who work with parents with intellectual disability arise from several sources. The purpose of the current study was to identify the stressors experienced by practitioners who work with parents with intellectual disability in Australia, investigate coping strategies and explore training needs so as to inform professional development for this group. Materials and Methods: Fifty-eight, predominantly female Australian practitioners, completed a questionnaire, which included a demographics section and training questions (developed specifically for this study), in addition to the Mental Health Professionals Stress Scale, the Perceived Stress Scale, and the Brief COPE. Results: The main stressors experienced by practitioners were workload, client-related difficulties and organizational structure and processes. Although practitioners indicated that they required additional training in 15 areas, one area was highlighted as particularly important, that is, tailoring interventions to individual parent needs and goals. Conclusions: It is suggested that managers, service planners, educators and professionals involved in stress reduction be aware that this area may be the focal point of future training of practitioners who work with parents with intellectual disability.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia