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ERIC Number: EJ947830
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1555-6913
Does Journaling Effectively Reduce Psychological Distress of Korean-American Mothers of Children with Developmental Disabilities?
Cho, Su-Je; Blair, Kwang-Sun Cho
Journal of the International Association of Special Education, v11 n1 p31-39 Spr 2010
This study explored the extent to which mothers experienced depressive symptoms associated with having a child with a disability and if journal writing would reduce maternal distress. Thirty-eight Korean-American mothers of children with disabilities filled out pretest data using CES-D (Radloff, 1977) and IES-R (Weiss & Marmar, 1997). Based on the results of CES-D pretest data, the participants were randomly assigned to either the experimental or the control group. Journal writing was implemented with the experimental group while the control group was placed on a waiting list. After a four-week post intervention, the participants filled out posttest data using the same assessments. The results revealed that approximately one-half of the participants experienced clinically depressive symptoms and that journal writing did not reduce maternal distress. The discussion focuses on several effective strategies for future research to consider in implementing journal writing with mothers of children with disabilities in Korean and other Asian cultures. (Contains 2 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale