Preliminary findings of an intervention program for parents of young children with a developmental delay: investigation of parental stress and sense of competence

Romagnano, S and Gavidia-Payne, S 2009, 'Preliminary findings of an intervention program for parents of young children with a developmental delay: investigation of parental stress and sense of competence', The Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 87-105.


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Title Preliminary findings of an intervention program for parents of young children with a developmental delay: investigation of parental stress and sense of competence
Author(s) Romagnano, S
Gavidia-Payne, S
Year 2009
Journal name The Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist
Volume number 26
Issue number 1
Start page 87
End page 105
Total pages 19
Publisher Australian Psychological Society. College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists
Abstract Behavioural prablems in young children can be detrimental to the psychological well-being of their parents. The present study examined the effectiveness of a newly developed intervention in improving parental stress and parenting sense of competence for parents of young children with a developmental delay (DO), presenting with behavioural problems. The sample comprised 15 parents and I grandparent of children, aged between 2 and 5 years, with DO. Parents completed a questionnaire package at pre-intervention and post-intervention, including measures to assess parent stress and sense ofcampetence. Paired sample t-tests revealed a significant decline at post-intervention in the total frequency of hassles associated with raising a child with DD, as well as reductions in stress associated with parents' needs. General stress and parenting sense ofcompetence showed no significant post-intervention improvements. Correlation analyses revealed a negative relationship between parent stress and sense of competence, at pre-intervention and post-intervention. It was concluded that the intervention was useful for reducing the overall frequency of stress and the stress associated with the needs of parents raising a young child with DO. Findings have implications for the development of parental supports by early childhood intervention pracitioners. Due to a number of methodological limitations, suggestions were made for future research.
Subject Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Keyword(s) program for parent
stress
sense of competence.
ISSN 0816-5122
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