Maternal depression and parenting stress among families of children with AD/HD: child and family correlates

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Nicole K. Schatz (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Arthur D. Anastopoulos

Abstract: Research has shown that child and maternal factors contribute to parenting stress and depression among mothers of children with AD/HD. The purpose of the current study was to identify the extent to which maternal cognitive distortions are associated with parenting stress and depression. Twenty-four mothers of children with AD/HD completed measures of child and maternal psychopathology as well as maternal cognitive distortions. Both maternal depression and parenting stress were predicted by maternal characteristics above child characteristics. Child internalizing behaviors and parenting-specific cognitive distortions predicted whether mothers were classified as stressed or stressed and depressed. The results indicated that cognitive distortions, especially those pertaining to parenting, play a significant role in the distress experienced by mothers of children with AD/HD.

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Language: English
Date: 2009
ADHD, Cognitive Distortions, Depression, Parenting Stress
Attention-deficit-disordered children.
Mothers $x Mental health.
Parenting $x Psychological aspects.
Women $x Mental health.
Mother and child.

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