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J Clin Child Psychol. 2000 Dec;29(4):615-25.

A structural modeling approach to the understanding of parenting stress.

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Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Box 1225, SE-751 42 Uppsala, Sweden. monica.ostberg@ped.uas.lul.se

Abstract

Tested and cross-validated a multidimensional model of predictors of parenting stress on data from a population-based sample of Swedish mothers (N = 1,081) with children ages 6 months to 3 years. The study was a cross-sectional questionnaire study, focusing on the explanation of variance in parenting stress. Structural equation modeling procedures permitted disentanglement of total, direct, and indirect effects. A Swedish instrument based on parts of the Parent Domain in the Parenting Stress Index was used as a measure of stress. The results provided general support for the proposed model. High workload, low social support, perception of the child as fussy-difficult, negative life events, child caretaking hassles, more children in the family, and high maternal age related directly to more stress. Child irregularity contributed indirectly to mother's experienced stress. No buffering effects of social support were found. Forty-eight percent of the variance in the parenting stress measure was explained by the model. Implications for interventions were discussed.

PMID:
11126638
DOI:
10.1207/S15374424JCCP2904_13
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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