Emotional Disadaptation and Post-Traumatic Growth in Parents of Children with Disabilities:A Link with Severity of Symptoms and the Age of the Child

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Abstract

The article presents results of empirical studies of the effect of the subjective perception of parents of the severity of the psychophysical condition of a child with special needs and age (meaning the time elapsed after diagnosis) on depression symptoms ("Beck's depression inventory"), basic beliefs ("World Assumptions Scale") and posttraumatic growth ("Post Traumatic Growth Inventory") in parents of children with disabilities. Parents ' subjective perception of their child's condition with disabilities affects only on one of the scales of PTGI ("Spiritual changes"), as well as the severity of depressive symptoms. The period after the diagnosis of the child (i.e., the age of the child) has an impact on the symptoms of depression and baseline settings, but not on the indicators of PTGI. Based on the results obtained and the concept of PTGI, author formulated recommendations for providing psychological assistance to parents of children with disabilities, taking into account their perception of the severity of the disease and the age of the child.

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Keywords: parents of children with disabilities, post-traumatic growth, stress, chronic stress, basic beliefs, symptoms of depression

Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/cpse.2019080406

For citation: Sergienko A.I. Emotional Disadaptation and Post-Traumatic Growth in Parents of Children with Disabilities:A Link with Severity of Symptoms and the Age of the Child [Elektronnyi resurs]. Klinicheskaia i spetsial'naia psikhologiia = Clinical Psychology and Special Education, 2019. Vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 93–106. DOI: 10.17759/cpse.2019080406. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Anna I. Sergienko, PhD in Psychology, teacher-psychologist of the Federal Resource Center for the Organization of Comprehensive support for children with ASD, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5105-4592, e-mail: sergienkoanna809@gmail.com

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