The influence of stress and child factors on families with educable mentally retarded children: the mother's viewpoint

dc.contributor.authorDougherty, John Michaelen
dc.contributor.committeechairMaxwell, Joseph W.en
dc.contributor.committeememberMoran, James D. IIIen
dc.contributor.committeememberProtinsky, Howard O.en
dc.contributor.committeememberThompson, Lindaen
dc.contributor.committeememberSluyter, Gary V.en
dc.contributor.departmentFamily and Child Developmenten
dc.description.abstractMothers in two-parent families of 43 EMR children aged 5 to 21 completed a mailed self-report booklet containing the Family Environment Scale, a family modification of the Edmond's Marital Conventionalization Scale, the Questionnaire on Resources and Stress Short-Form, the Family Inventory of Life Events and Changes, and a demographic questionnaire. The families were not on welfare. Reliability estimates and intercorrelations among the 11 factors on the QRS supported elimination of Terminal Illness Stress, Financial Stress, Physical Limitations, and Preference for Institutional Care for this sample. The remaining 7 factors of the QRS, the FILE, Sex, and Age (10 predictors) were regressed on each of the 10 family psychosocial variables measured by the FES utilizing a stepwise procedure. The influence of the aforementioned 10 selected stress and coping variables on 8 family psychosocial dimensions was presented; regressions of both independence and achievement orientation not significant. Two fully significant models of stress and coping were found: 69% of the variance in cohesion was predicted by family disharmony, dependency and management, and life span care; and 32% of the variance in organization was predicted by family disharmony and sex. Associations between specific predictor and criterion variables were reported. The correlation of the modi- fied version of the EMCS (a measure of social desirability) and both predictor and criterion variables was analyzed. The results were discussed in reference to the use of the shortened QRS, stress/coping influences on the family environment, and the theoretical importance of denial-like processes in coping. Clinical and research implications were also presented.en
dc.description.degreePh. D.en
dc.format.extentv, 119 leavesen
dc.publisherVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
dc.relation.isformatofOCLC# 11298731en
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.subject.lccLD5655.V856 1984.D683en
dc.subject.lcshChildren with mental disabilities -- Family relationshipsen
dc.subject.lcshMother and childen
dc.titleThe influence of stress and child factors on families with educable mentally retarded children: the mother's viewpointen
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten and Child Developmenten Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen D.en


Original bundle
Now showing 1 - 1 of 1
Thumbnail Image
5.27 MB
Adobe Portable Document Format