Child psychosocial functioning and parent quality of life among clinically referred children

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  • We examined factors that account for quality of life among parents of clinically referred children. Families (N=201) of children (ages 3-14) referred for oppositional, aggressive, and antisocial behavior participated. Parent and family contextual factors and child psychosocial functioning (symptoms and impairment) were predicted to influence parents' quality of life. As predicted, socioeconomic disadvantage, parent stress and psychopathology, poor interpersonal relations, and limited social support were related to lower levels of quality of life. Once these factors were controlled, child psychosocial fimctioning also contributed positively to quality of life. Further research on quality of life in the family can have important implications for understanding the context of both child and parent functioning. © 1998 Human Sciences Press, Inc.
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  • Crowley MJ; Kazdin AE
  • Start Page

  • 233
  • End Page

  • 251
  • Volume

  • 7
  • Issue

  • 2