Maternal distress in families with a mentally retarded child

Adriana Rosa Haley, Fordham University


The purpose of the study was to predict the level of distress experienced by mothers of retarded children based on predictors representing each factor of the double ABCX model. Subjects were 152 mothers of mentally retarded children. They completed the Brief Symptom Inventory, the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Scales, the Short Form of the Questionnaire on Resources and Stress, and a biographical data form. Multiple regression analyses were conducted to examine the relationship between stressors, resources, perceptions, and maternal distress in mothers of retarded children. The most significant predictors identified were age of the retarded child, family cohesion, mother's level of education, and maternal pessimism regarding the child's condition. Correlations between the predictors and maternal distress showed that maternal distress was positively correlated with the age of the child, and negatively correlated with family cohesion, family adaptability, and pessimism.

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Haley, Adriana Rosa, "Maternal distress in families with a mentally retarded child" (1993). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI9412136.