Quality of Life in Adolescents with a Disability and Their Parents: The Mediating Role of Social Support and Resilience
Source: Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, Volume 24, Number 5, October 2012 , pp. 487-503(17)
Abstract:The aim of this study was to test whether the effect of the pile-up of demands associated with a disability on quality of life, was mediated by resilience, quantity and quality of social support for adolescents with a disability and their parents. One hundred and thirty two parents, 90 mothers and 42 fathers and 111 adolescents, aged between 16 and 24 years completed measures of the pile-up of demands, social support, resilience and quality of life. Structural equation modeling with the bootstrap resampling method showed that the impact of the disability of their son/daughter on the quality of life of the parents was fully mediated through the parents’ resilience and the quantity of social support and that resilience, however only partly, mediates the effect of adaptive skills on the quality of life of the adolescents with a disability. Limitations of the study and clinical implications are discussed.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Experimental Clinical and Health Psychology, Ghent University, H. Dunantlaan 2, 9000, Ghent, Belgium, Email: Femke.Migerode@Ugent.be 2: Department of Parenting and Special Education, Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium 3: Department of Experimental Clinical and Health Psychology, Ghent University, H. Dunantlaan 2, 9000, Ghent, Belgium
Publication date: 2012-10-01