Stress experienced by mothers of Malaysian children with mental retardation

L. C. Ong, V. Chandran, R. Peng

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    Objective: To compare parenting stress among Malaysian mothers of children with mental retardation and a control group, and to determine factors associated with stress. Methodology: Seventy-five mothers of children with mental retardation aged 4-12 years and 75 controls (those without disabilities who attended the walk-in paediatric clinic) participated in the Parenting Stress Index (PSI). Intelligence quotient (IQ) and Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL) scores, together with sociodemographic data, were entered into a multiple stepwise regression analysis, using the PSI as the criterion. Results: Mothers of children with mental retardation scored significantly higher than control subjects in both the child-related domain (difference between means 26.1, 95% confidence interval 19.6-32.5) and parent-related domain (difference between means 15.0, 95% confidence interval 7.9-22.1)of the PSI. The total child behaviour scores from the CBCL (P< 0.01), IQ scores (P < 0.01) and sibship size (P < 0.01) were associated with child-related domain scores. For the parent-related domain, CBCL (P< 0.01) and IQ scores (P = 0.01) remained important factors but Chinese ethnicity (P < 0.01) and maternal unemployment (P < 0.01) were also significant predictors of stress. Conclusion: A large proportion of mothers of children with mental retardation experienced substantial parenting stress, especially Chinese and unemployed mothers, and this warrants appropriate intervention.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)358-362
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Paediatrics and Child Health
    Volume35
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1999

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    Parenting
    Mothers
    Child Behavior
    Checklist
    Intelligence
    Confidence Intervals
    Unemployment
    Regression Analysis
    Pediatrics
    Control Groups

    Keywords

    • Behaviour
    • Cultural diversity
    • Mental retardation
    • Stress

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Stress experienced by mothers of Malaysian children with mental retardation. / Ong, L. C.; Chandran, V.; Peng, R.

    In: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, Vol. 35, No. 4, 1999, p. 358-362.

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    Ong, L. C. ; Chandran, V. ; Peng, R. / Stress experienced by mothers of Malaysian children with mental retardation. In: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 1999 ; Vol. 35, No. 4. pp. 358-362.
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