Individual adjustment, parental functioning, and perceived social support in hispanic and non-hispanic white mothers and fathers of children with spina bifida

Katie A. Devine, Christina E. Holbein, Alexandra M. Psihogios, Christina M. Amaro, Grayson N. Holmbeck*

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Abstract

ObjectiveTo compare Hispanic and non-Hispanic White mothers and fathers of children with spina bifida on measures of individual adjustment, parental functioning, and perceived social support.MethodMothers (29 Hispanic, 79 non-Hispanic White) and fathers (26 Hispanic, 68 non-Hispanic White) completed questionnaires regarding psychological distress, parental functioning, and perceived social support.ResultsMothers and fathers reported similar individual adjustment across groups. Hispanic mothers reported lower levels of parenting satisfaction, competence as a parent, and social support, as well as higher perceptions of child vulnerability. Hispanic fathers reported lower levels of parenting satisfaction and higher perceptions of child vulnerability. Effect sizes were reduced when socioeconomic status was included as a covariate.ConclusionsHispanic parents, particularly mothers, are at risk for lower feelings of satisfaction and competence as parents. More research is needed to understand cultural factors related to these differences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)769-778
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of pediatric psychology
Volume37
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2012

Keywords

  • Hispanic
  • parental adjustment
  • parenting stress
  • social support
  • spina bifida

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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