The impact of chronic childhood illness on family stress : a comparison between autism and cystic fibrosis

Bouma, R & Schweitzer, Robert D. (1990) The impact of chronic childhood illness on family stress : a comparison between autism and cystic fibrosis. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 46(6), pp. 722-730.


Compared the different patterns of stress reported by mothers of children (aged 5–12 yrs) with either a chronic physical illness (cystic fibrosis) or a chronic psychological disorder (autism), and children without a physical or psychological disorder. 24 mothers from each of these 3 groups completed a short form of the Questionnaire on Resources and Stress. Each clinical group exhibited different patterns of stressful response consistent with the nature of the disorder and the requirements of care imposed on the families. Autism contributed significantly more to family stress than did cystic fibrosis. The number of children in the family was not a significant variable. Implications for the development of family intervention programs are discussed

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ID Code: 56043
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: cystic fibrosis, autism, stress, family, intervention
ISSN: 0021-9762
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Coppyright 1990 John Wiley & Sons
Deposited On: 02 Jan 2013 07:11
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 01:02

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