Clear Language Reports

Behaviour Problems and Parenting Stress

Many families of children with special needs face daily challenges. Their child’s behaviour can be difficult, and cause stress for their parents and siblings. The researchers wanted to know if behaviour problems are more severe and more frequent in children with developmental delays compared to children without developmental delays. They also wanted to know if both the mother and father in each family agreed on the severity and stressfulness of these behaviours. The researchers then tried to sort out if the child behaviour caused parental stress, and if parent stress levels also affected child behaviour problems.

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Family Care for Children with Disabilities

Many families living with children with disabilities deal with the hard task of balancing the needs of their child with those of the entire family. In this study, the researchers surveyed parents to find out what influences some families to consider out-of-home placement for their special needs child, while others do not.

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Resilience in Families of Children With Special Needs

Many families of children with special needs deal with child behaviour problems that are stressful and can affect their daily routines. The ability of these families to manage this stress is termed “resilience”. This group of researchers explored whether or not factors like child behaviour problems, levels of social support, and financial hardship might affect their family resilience levels.

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The Impact on their Families of Children with Special Needs

Some people believe that children with disabilities have negative effects on family life. However, many parents report that their children with special needs bring benefits to their household. The authors of this paper were interested in finding out if having a positive outlook on life is either a way parents cope with stress, or is due to a deep change in the way they think about their child and their family.

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