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Title: Predictors of Coping in Parents of Children With an Intellectual Disability : Comparison Between Lebanese Mothers and Fathers
Authors: Azar, Mathilde 
Badr, Lina Kurdahi
Affiliations: Nursing Program 
Keywords: Children with intellectual disability
Subjects: Parenting
Issue Date: 2010
Part of: Journal of pediatric nursing
Volume: 25
Issue: 1
Start page: 46
End page: 56
This cross-sectional study was designed to assess the predictors of coping behaviors of 147 Lebanese parents (101 mothers and 46 fathers) with a child with intellectual disability. It assessed the contribution of child's and parent's characteristics, informal social support, and stress on the coping behaviors of fathers and mothers. Multiple regression analysis confirmed that the father's education, informal social support, and stress were the best predictors of coping. The child's age, severity of illness, and parental health did not significantly contribute to predicting coping behaviors. Contrary to expectations in a Middle Eastern culture, both fathers and mothers reported similar levels of stress, perceived informal social support, and coping. Although informal social support cannot be forced on parents, health professionals can mobilize resources that are culturally sensitive, such as home visitation by nurses or support from other parents. This may especially be beneficial in developing countries with limited resources.
DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2008.11.001
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Type: Journal Article
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