Parental Stress, Resilience and Psychological Well-Being among Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy

Thesis Title:  Parental Stress, Resilience and Psychological Well-Being among Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy

Author Name: Uswa Mehmood

Supervisor: Afsheen Masood

Year: 2017

Degree: MSC

Department: Institute of Applied Psychology

University: Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract

The present study investigated the relationship among parental stress, resilience and psychological well-being in parents of children with cerebral palsy. The hypothesis was to determine the association between parental stress, resilience and psychological well-being among parents of children with cerebral palsy. Moreover, it was hypothesized that resilience was likely to mediate the relationship between parental stress and psychological well-being. Further, it was hypothesized to explore the gender differences among parental stress, resilience and psychological well-being in mothers and fathers of children with cerebral palsy. Non-probability purposive sampling was used to collect data from Sheikh Zyeid Hospital Lahore, Mayo Hospital Lahore and Services Institute of Medical Sciences Lahore. The measures comprised of Parental Stress Scale by Berry and Jones, (1995), Psychological Well-being scale by Ryff, (1995) and Brief Resilience Scale (BRS) by Smith, (2008). The results revealed negative relationship between parental stress and psychological well-being and positive relationship between resilience and psychological well-being. The results of Structural Equation Model (SEM) through AMOS revealed parental stress significantly negatively predicted resilience and psychological well-being whereas psychological well-being was found to be a non-significant predictor of resilience. The result of Independent sample t-test revealed that there were significant gender differences in parental stress, resilience and psychological well-being between mothers and fathers of children with Cerebral Palsy.

Keywords:

Resilience, psychological well-being, cerebral palsy.

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