Coping and positive perceptions in Irish mothers of children with intellectual disabilities

Felicity A. Greer, Ian M. Grey, Brian McClean

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Thirty-six mothers of children aged between 5 and 8 years with intellectual disabilities completed five self-report questionnaires measuring variables related to behavioural and emotional difficulties, levels of care demand, family supports, coping and positive perceptions.The relationships among these variables were investigated using a working model proposed by Hastings and Taunt (2002). Child behavioural and emotional problems in the non-clinical range predicted low levels of care demand. Formal social support was an effective form of support for mothers; helpfulness of formal social support predicted mobilizing the family to acquire and accept help in the community; and mobilizing the family predicted levels of strength and family closeness.The majority of respondents rated agreement with statements that their child was: A source of happiness or fulfilment; a source of strength and family closeness; and a source of personal growth and maturity.The theoretical and clinical implications of these results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-248
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disabilities
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Disability perceptions
  • Ireland
  • Mothers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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