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Mediating effects of perceived control in the relationship between optimism and adjustment in parents of children with disabilities

Susan Jane Bretherton, Louise Anne McLean,

Academic Literature

2014

Parents of children with disabilities are at increased risk of psychosocial maladjustment yet many parents adapt well. This study aimed to investigate the potential mediating effects of perceived control of internal states in the optimism-adjustment relationship in a sample of parents of children with disabilities. Eighty-three parents with children enrolled in various early intervention centres and special development schools in Victoria, Australia, completed the Life Orientation Test-Revised, the Perceived Control of Internal States scale, and the World Health Organization Quality of Life Bref scale. Perceived control was found to partially mediate the optimism-adjustment relationship. Interventions incorporating practical methods of increasing optimism and perceived control of internal states may enhance the adjustment of parents of children with disabilities. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

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Journal/Publication : Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities

Domain/s: Social relationships

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