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dc.contributor.authorViana, Andres G.
dc.contributor.authorWelsh, Janet A.
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-28T18:56:03Z
dc.date.available2018-03-28T18:56:03Z
dc.date.issued2010-04
dc.identifier10.1177/0165025409339403
dc.identifier.citationCopyright 2010 International Journal of Behavioral Development. This is a post-print version of a published paper that is available at: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0165025409339403. Recommended citation: Viana, Andres G., and Janet A. Welsh. "Correlates and Predictors of Parenting Stress among Internationally Adopting Mothers: A Longitudinal Investigation." International Journal of Behavioral Development 34, no. 4 (2010): 363-373. DOI: 10.1177/0165025409339403. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10657/2985
dc.description.abstractThis study examined correlates and predictors of parenting stress among internationally adopting (IA) mothers with the goal of expanding the knowledge base on the experiences of adoptive parents. One hundred and forty-three IA mothers completed pre-adoption (Time 0) and six months post-adoption (Time 1) surveys with questions regarding child-, parent-, and family-related characteristics. Mother reports of higher depression symptoms, higher expectations of child developmental and behavioral/emotional problems, and a greater number of children in the family at pre-adoption were significantly related to higher parenting stress six months post-adoption. In contrast, mother reports of higher expectations for child acceptance and higher perceived social support at pre-adoption were significantly related to lower parenting stress six months post-adoption. Higher maternal depression symptoms, higher expectations of child behavior/emotional problems, and a greater number of children in the family at pre-adoption together accounted for 22% of the variance in parenting stress six months post-adoption. Concurrent higher maternal depression symptoms and higher reports of child behavioral/emotional problems predicted higher parenting stress six months post-adoption over and above pre-adoption predictors, and accounted for an additional 33% of the variance. Results and directions for future research are discussed from a transactional perspective, with particular emphasis on the importance of pre-adoptive information for adoption research and practice.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherInternational Journal of Behavioral Development
dc.subjectAdoption
dc.subjectChildren
dc.subjectDepression
dc.subjectIntercountry adoption
dc.subjectInternational adoption
dc.subjectLongitudinal
dc.subjectParenting stress
dc.titleCorrelates and Predictors of Parenting Stress among Internationally Adopting Mothers: A Longitudinal Investigation
dc.typeArticle


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