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Clinical Psychology and Special Education

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (online): 2304-0394

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

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Emotional Disadaptation and Post-Traumatic Growth in Parents of Children with Disabilities:A Link with Severity of Symptoms and the Age of the Child 266

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

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.

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

Column: Empirical research

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

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