The Relationship Between Respite Care and Child Abuse Potential in Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities: A Preliminary Report
Source: Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, Volume 16, Number 3, September 2004 , pp. 273-285(13)
Abstract:This study longitudinally examined the impact of respite care services on child abuse potential and family relations in a sample of parents (N = 14) whose children were admitted for respite care to a center for developmental disability. A sample of parents (N = 18) whose children were admitted for short-term hospitalization (STH) was used as a contrast group. In addition, we examined the interrelationships between child abuse potential, family relations, and parenting stress at 3 time points. Parents completed measures of child abuse potential, family relations, and parenting stress at time of admission, discharge, and at a 2-month follow-up. Results indicated that neither respite care nor STH resulted in significant effects on child abuse potential or family relations although trends were found in the expected direction. Strong interrelationships were found between child abuse potential, family relations, and parenting stress at each of the 3 time points. These preliminary results suggest that respite care may be insufficient to directly impact child abuse potential; however, interventions that target variables related to abuse (e.g., quality of family relations, parenting stress) might be beneficial.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 2004