Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Reactions to the Diagnosis of Children with Developmental Delay: Parental Differences and Marital Satisfaction

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Reactions to the Diagnosis of Children with Developmental Delay: Parental Differences and Marital Satisfaction

Article excerpt

Parents of children with disabilities express a variety of reactions to their child's diagnosis. These were found to be indicative of the quality of parenting and attachment. The Reaction to the Diagnosis Interview (RDI) stipulates three subcategories of resolved coping styles (action, feeling, thinking) and six unresolved coping styles (emotionally-overwhelmed, angry, neutralizing, depressed, cognitive-distortion, disorganized). Past research typically described differences between the resolved versus unresolved style of resolution, neglecting the subcategories along with differences between mothers' and fathers'.

This study describe an in-depth examination of paternal and maternal resolution styles of parents of children with developmental delay (DD). Furthermore, links between marital satisfaction and child behavior problems among families having children with DD have been researched extensively. However the moderating role of parental reaction coping styles in these links has never been studied. Sixty-five couples of parents of children with DD (ages 3-7 years) participated. Parents were interviewed using the RDI, completed The Child Behavioral Checklist and The Dyadic Adjustment Scale questionnaires. …

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