Stability and prediction of parenting stress
2007 (English)In: Infant and Child Development, ISSN 1522-7227, E-ISSN 1522-7219, Vol. 16, no 2, 207-223 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The study focused on stability and prediction of parenting stress experiences over a 6-year period. Mothers (N=93) who had received a clinical intervention for feeding or sleeping problems during infancy (Time 1; T 1) were followed-up when the children were 5-10 years old (Time 2; T 2). An age- and sex-of-child matched normal group was used for comparison of stress levels at T 2. Parenting stress was measured by the Swedish Parenthood Stress Questionnaire, which consists of a general parenting stress scale and sub-scales tapping different aspects of parenting stress experiences. T 1 predictors were clinical assessments of child problem load, maternal unresponsiveness, and family psychosocial problems. T 2 predictors were mother-reported concurrent child problem load and psychosocial problems. The individual stability in stress experiences was moderate. Effect sizes indicated that mothers with early clinical contacts had reduced their stress to levels close to those in the normal sample. Parenting stress at T 2 could be predicted from early and from concurrent child and family problems. The results point to the relevance of early clinical assessments and to the importance of a sub-area approach in parenting stress research, as there were differences between stress sub-areas regarding both prediction and stability.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 16, no 2, 207-223 p.
parenting stress, stability, prediction, child problems, family problems, maternal unresponsiveness
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-20000DOI: 10.1002/icd.516ISI: 000245971100004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-20000DiVA: diva2:47772