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ERIC Number: EJ852778
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1062-1024
Perceived Social Support and Caregiver Strain in Caregivers of Children with Tourette's Disorder
Schoeder, Chrystal Edge; Remer, Rory
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v16 n6 p888-901 Dec 2007
The research on Tourette's disorder (TD), a neuropsychological disorder consisting of motor and phonic tics, has largely focused on individuals with TD and not on the caregivers of children with TD. We investigated the effects of several variables on caregiver strain of caregivers of children with TD, including perceived social support, caregiver characteristics, and characteristics of the child's disorder. An online survey was completed by 140 caregivers of children with TD between the ages of 6 to 18 years. We performed a path analysis to examine the outcome of caregiver strain in relation to the research variables. Our results indicated that caregiver age, symptom severity of the child's TD, and perceived social support accounted for variance in caregiver strain, and that perceived social support was a partial mediator of child's symptom severity and caregiver strain. Symptom severity and caregiver strain were also related to the presence of other comorbid disorders, such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), anxiety, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) when compared to children either having no other comorbid disorders or other types of disorders.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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