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Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2075-3470

ISSN (online): 2311-9446

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/cpp

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Post-Traumatic Growth and Coping-Strategies of Parents of Children with Disabilities 1094

Sergienko A.I.
PhD Student, Faculty Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5105-4592
e-mail: sergienkoanna809@gmail.com

Kholmogorova A.B.
Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5194-0199
e-mail: kholmogorova@yandex.ru

Abstract
We present the results of an empirical study of the effect of coping strategies on post-traumatic growth (PTG) of parents who raise children with disabilities. We emphasize the need for psychological help for parents that emerges as a predictor of the most successful development of the child and improves the quality of life of the parent. In the course of the study, 113 parents of children with disabilities completed the Post Traumatic Growth Inventory and the Ways of Coping Questionnaire. The results showed that coping strategies can either enhance or interfere with PTG. Positive reassessment, acceptance of responsibility, confrontational coping and search for social support have a positive effect on PTG, and planning has a negative effect. We drew up recommendations for the psychological assistance to parents of children with disabilities, based on the data and the concept of post-traumatic growth.

Keywords: parents of children with disabilities, post-traumatic growth, stress, chronic stress, coping, uncertainty, positive redefinition strategy, planning strategy

Column: Special topic: coping with stress and difficult life situations

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/cpp.2019270202

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