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Sense of coherence in parents of children with different developmental disabilities
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies.
Göteborg University, Department of Psychology.
2002 (English)In: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, ISSN 0964-2633, E-ISSN 1365-2788, Vol. 46, no Pt 7, p. 548-59Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study was to test if Antonovsky's theory of sense of coherence can facilitate understanding: (1). individual differences in psychological adaptation in parents of children with intellectual disability (ID); and (2). why parents of children with ID generally experience higher levels of stress and depression than parents of children who develop normally. METHODS: Sense of coherence (SoC) and depression were assessed using the short SoC scale (13 items) and the Beck Depression Inventory in 216 families of children with ID and/or autism, and in 213 control families. RESULTS: It is argued that: (1). parents of children with ID with low SoC are at increased risk for developing depression compared to control parents with low SoC not experiencing this stressor; and (2). the life situation of parenting a child with ID may have a negative impact on parents' SoC levels that, in turn, will make them more vulnerable to experiencing stress and depression. CONCLUSION: The SoC theory is valuable in understanding individual differences in psychological adaptation in parents of children with ID.

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2002. Vol. 46, no Pt 7, p. 548-59
Keywords [en]
depression, parental adaptation, sense of coherence
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Psychology
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Social science, Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-1767DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2788.2002.00414.xPubMedID: 12354311OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-1767DiVA, id: diva2:242020
Available from: 2009-10-06 Created: 2009-10-02 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved

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