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Parenting satisfaction and self-efficacy: a longitudinal study of mothers of children with Down syndrome
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-19, 18:28 authored by Gilmore, L, Monica CuskellyMonica Cuskelly
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 H–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.
Publication titleJournal of Family Studies
Department/SchoolFaculty of Education
Place of publicationAustralia
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