Well-being of mid- and later-life mothers of ...



Title Well-being of mid- and later-life mothers of children with developmental disabilities
Author(s) Lori E. Weeks, O. Bryanton, A. Kozma, Thomy H. Nilsson
Journal Journal of Women & Aging
Date 2008
Volume 20
Issue 1-2
Start page 115
End page 130
Abstract This study examined the well-being of midand later-life mothers of developmentally disabled (DD) children. Mothers of DD children (n = 33) and mothers in a comparison group (n = 27) responded to a series of quantitative measures of well-being and open-ended questions. In general, quantitative results indicated lower levels of well-being for mothers of DD children. However, we examined these results within the contexts of educational and financial realities and access to adequate social support. Analysis of the qualitative data resulted in the themes of enhancements to well-being, challenges to well-being and normative experiences of being a parent. Results point to the need to further understand reciprocity in the mother-child relationships and the influence of severity of the developmental disability on mother's well-being.
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