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Child Abuse Negl. 1992;16(2):155-63.

Current parental stress in maltreating and nonmaltreating families of children with multiple disabilities.

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Department of Maternal and Child Health, School of Hygiene and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21205.


Questionnaires were mailed to families of children with multiple disabilities to investigate whether differences in parental perception of stress and burden of care could be identified in those families who had previously been reported and substantiated as abusive or neglectful as compared to those families who had not been so reported. Two hundred and fifty-seven parents completed Friedrich's revised version of Holroyd's Questionnaire on Resources and Stress (QRS-F), an instrument designed to measure stress and burden of care in families of children with disabilities. Twenty-five (9.7%) had previously substantiated maltreatment reports. Results suggest that a history of maltreatment is not related to the family's currently perceived stress levels as measured by the Friedrich scale. Implications of the results are discussed.

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