alexa Relationships Between Child Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms and Caregiver Strain and Parenting Stress


Journal of Trauma & Treatment

Author(s): Ellen L Vaughan, Richard Feinn, Stanley Bernard, Maria Brereton, Joy S Kaufman

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Children with emotional and behavioral disturbance often have difficulties in multiple symptom domains. This study investigates the relationships between child symptoms and caregiver strain and parenting stress among 177 youth and their caregivers participating in a school-based system of care. Youth were grouped by symptom domain and included those with low scores on both internalizing and externalizing symptoms, those with only high internalizing symptoms, those with only high externalizing symptoms, and those with high symptoms levels in both internalizing and externalizing domains. Results revealed significant group differences on measures of caregiver strain and parenting stress. Caregivers of youth with symptoms in both internalizing and externalizing domains reported the highest levels of strain and stress; however, there was some variation in group differences by caregiver outcome. The results of this study emphasize the importance of providing not only services for youth but also support services for their caregivers.

This article was published in Journal of Family Issues and referenced in Journal of Trauma & Treatment

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