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Title: Similarities amid the difference: Caregiving burden and adaptation outcomes in dyads of parents and their children with and without cerebral palsy
Authors: Carona, C. 
Crespo, C. 
Canavarro, M.C. 
Keywords: Adaptation, Psychological; Adolescent; Adult; Caregivers; Case-Control Studies; Cerebral Palsy; Child; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Parents; Quality of Life; Social Support; Surveys and Questionnaires; Young Adult
Issue Date: 2013
Serial title, monograph or event: Research in Developmental Disabilities
Volume: 34
Issue: 3
Abstract: This study had two main objectives: first, to examine the direct and indirect effects, via social support, of caregiving burden on the adaptation outcomes of children/adolescents with cerebral palsy and their parents; and second, to assess the invariance of such models in clinical vs. healthy subsamples. Participants were 210 dyads of children/adolescents and one of their parents (total N=420), divided in 93 dyads of children/adolescents with cerebral palsy and 117 dyads of children/adolescents with no medical diagnosis. Data on caregiving burden, social support and adaptation outcomes were obtained through self-report questionnaires. Caregiving burden was linked to parents and their children's psychological maladjustment and quality of life both directly (except for children's quality of life) and indirectly through social support. Findings were invariant across clinical and healthy subsamples. Caregiving burden may influence adaptation outcomes of children/adolescents with CP and their parents both directly and via their social support perceptions. These patterns are similar to those observed in typically developing children/adolescents.
Rights: openAccess
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