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Coping strategies, social support and psychological well-being among aging mothers of adults with mental retardation

  • Journal of Special Education: Theory and Practice
  • Abbr : JSPED
  • 2007, 8(2), pp.91-115
  • Publisher : Research Institute of the Korea Special Education
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education

Kim, Kyo Yeon 1

1선문대학교

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ABSTRACT

Effects of coping strategies and social support on psychological well-being among 158 aging mothers of adults with mental retardation were examined. Multiple regression analysis revealed that coping strategies and social support were predictors of maternal well-being controlling for maternal and adult child characteristics. Greater use of emotinon-focused coping predicted lower levels of maternal psychological well-being, whereas Greater use of problem-focused coping is only related to higher quality of the relationships between mother and adult child. Greater amount of perceived social support predicted higher levels of psychological well-being. The present study underscored the importance of coping strategies and social support in the lives of aging mothers of adults with disabilities.

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