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An Investigation into the Stress Levels of Irish Caregivers of Children with Intellectual Disabilities; Social Support and Child Behaviours

Foster, Elizabeth (2021) An Investigation into the Stress Levels of Irish Caregivers of Children with Intellectual Disabilities; Social Support and Child Behaviours. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Aims: The present study investigated the stress levels of caregivers of children with intellectual disabilities. The study contributes to previous research by examining the relationship between parental stress and a child’s difficult behaviour, and by examining which individual behaviours uniquely predict parenting stress. The study also examined the relationship between social support and a child’s difficult behaviours and the relationship between parental stress and social support.

Methods: 164 caregivers of children with intellectual disabilities took part in the study. The behaviours analysed in this study consisted of hyperactivity, peer problems, conduct problems, emotional symptoms, and prosocial behaviour, as categorized from the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. The parents reported their stress levels using the Parental Stress Scale and the Family Support Scale, which was administered online through a questionnaire.

Findings: Conduct problems and peer problems significantly predicted parenting stress. Parents who reported more social support reported less difficult child behaviours and had less parental stress. Parents of
children with higher levels of difficult behaviour, also reported more parental stress.

Conclusions: Caregivers should focus on utilizing many social supports to reduce stress and their child’s difficult behaviour. Children must be encouraged to socialize with their peers and early signs of conduct problems must be targeted.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Stress (Psychology)
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2021 14:44
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 15:10
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4933

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