Parenting satisfaction and self-efficacy : a longitudinal study of mothers of children with Down Syndrome

Gilmore, Linda & Cuskelly, Monica (2012) Parenting satisfaction and self-efficacy : a longitudinal study of mothers of children with Down Syndrome. Journal of Family Studies, 18(1), pp. 28-35.

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Continuities and changes in parenting sense of competence were examined for mothers of children with Down syndrome from early childhood to adolescence. The sample comprised 25 mothers whose child with Down syndrome was aged 4-6 years in the first phase of the study, and 11-15 years at the second time point. Maternal satisfaction with parenting increased over time, but there were no changes in parenting self-efficacy. Scores on these measures were no different from those reported in a normative sample of mothers of typically developing children, suggesting that the challenges of parenting a child with Down syndrome do not impact significantly on parenting sense of competence during the early childhood and adolescent periods. There were some significant relationships of maternal sense of competence with child characteristics and self-reported parenting style, mostly in the expected direction.

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ID Code: 52806
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Down syndrome, mothers, parenting satisfaction, parenting self-efficacy, Parenting Sense of Competence
DOI: 10.5172/jfs.2012.1996
ISSN: 1322-9400
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 27 Jul 2012 00:48
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:38

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