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Parent-related stress of male and female carers of adolescents with intellectual disabilities and carers of children within the general population: a cross-sectional comparison

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>01/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Issue number1
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)51-61
Early online date4/10/16
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Carers of children with intellectual disability show high rates of parent-related stress and are at an increased risk for deleterious physical and mental health.

Materials and Methods
This study investigated the relationship between demographic and social characteristics and parenting stress, within two different cross-sectional samples of carers: those who care for an adolescent with an intellectual disability and carers from a population based sample. Participants were 1152 carers from the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia study and 284 carers of adolescents with intellectual disabilities from the Ask study.

Results and Conclusions
The results supported previous research suggesting carers of children with intellectual disabilities experience high parent-related stress. The results also support the buffer model of social support, as high social support was related to lower parent related stress. Self-rated prosperity, financial pressure and relationship status were also related to lower levels of parent-related stress.

Bibliographic note

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Patton, K. A., Ware, R., McPherson, L., Emerson, E. and Lennox, N. (2018), Parent-Related Stress of Male and Female Carers of Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities and Carers of Children within the General Population: A Cross-Sectional Comparison. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil, 31: 51–61. doi:10.1111/jar.12292 which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jar.12292/abstract This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.