The Effects of Perceived Parental Stress on Coping Strategies used by African-American Parents Raising a Child with Autism

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/152082
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Presentation
Title:
The Effects of Perceived Parental Stress on Coping Strategies used by African-American Parents Raising a Child with Autism
Abstract:
The Effects of Perceived Parental Stress on Coping Strategies used by African-American Parents Raising a Child with Autism
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2009
Author:Taylor, Nakia, MS, BS
P.I. Institution Name:DePaul University
Title:MS-RN
[Research Presentation] Purpose: The purpose of this research study was to examine relationships between parental stress, perceived severity of the child's autism, and perceived helpfulness of coping strategies used by African-American parents raising a child with autism. Methods: The double ABCX model of family stress and crisis provided the theoretical framework. It was hypothesized that, as parental stress levels and perceived severity of autism increased, perceived helpfulness of coping strategies would decrease. Fifty African-American parents  of autistic children were recruited through autism support groups and completed four instruments (Perceived Stress Scale, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Assessment/Screening Questionnaire, Coping Health Inventory for Parents, and a Q-sort) designed to assess perceived parental stress, parental coping strategies,  and perceived parental severity of the child's autism. Results: The primary finding was that perceived parental stress did not increase in relationship to perceived autism severity. Nor was any significant change found in perceived helpfulness of coping strategies in relationship to severity of autism.  This may indicate that although raising a child with autism can be very stressful, it is not the main predictor of parental stress levels in African-American parents. Findings from this study also suggest that the usefulness of parental coping strategies were not significantly associated with perceived autism severity. Like perceived parental stress levels, usefulness of parental coping strategies are probably determined by a variety of factors in the parent's lives.  Conclusion: Further research should identify what African-American parents feel is most stressful about raising a child with autism, and what types of interventions they feel are most helpful. By doing this, healthcare providers can provide methods better aimed at reducing stress in African-American parents raising a child with autism, and which may promote a greater sense of well-being in this population.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Effects of Perceived Parental Stress on Coping Strategies used by African-American Parents Raising a Child with Autismen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/152082-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Effects of Perceived Parental Stress on Coping Strategies used by African-American Parents Raising a Child with Autism</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Taylor, Nakia, MS, BS</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">DePaul University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">MS-RN</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">nakialynise@yahoo.com</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] Purpose: The purpose of this research study was to examine relationships between parental stress, perceived severity of the child's autism, and perceived helpfulness of coping strategies used by African-American parents raising a child with autism. Methods: The double ABCX model of family stress and crisis provided the theoretical framework. It was hypothesized that, as parental stress levels and perceived severity of autism increased, perceived helpfulness of coping strategies would decrease. Fifty African-American parents&nbsp; of autistic children were recruited through autism support groups and completed four instruments (Perceived Stress Scale, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Assessment/Screening Questionnaire, Coping Health Inventory for Parents, and a Q-sort) designed to assess perceived parental stress, parental coping strategies,&nbsp; and perceived parental severity of the child's autism. Results: The primary finding was that perceived parental stress did not increase in relationship to perceived autism severity. Nor was any significant change found in perceived helpfulness of coping strategies in relationship to severity of autism.&nbsp; This may indicate that although raising a child with autism can be very stressful, it is not the main predictor of parental stress levels in African-American parents. Findings from this study also suggest that the usefulness of parental coping strategies were not significantly associated with perceived autism severity. Like perceived parental stress levels, usefulness of parental coping strategies are probably determined by a variety of factors in the parent's lives.&nbsp; Conclusion: Further research should identify what African-American parents feel is most stressful about raising a child with autism, and what types of interventions they feel are most helpful. By doing this, healthcare providers can provide methods better aimed at reducing stress in African-American parents raising a child with autism, and which may promote a greater sense of well-being in this population.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:23:31Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:23:31Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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