The impact of childhood non-malignant life-threatening illness on parents: Gender differences and predictors of parental adjustment

Kiki Mastroyannopoulou, Paul Stallard, Mary Lewis, Simon Lenton

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Mental health, family functioning, effects on employment and relationships, coping style, and perceptions of prognosis were assessed in 93 mothers and 78 fathers of children with a life-threatening non-malignant condition. Results indicated high levels of psychological distress, significant effects upon employment and relationships, and a family environment characterised by low expressiveness, cohesion, and high conflict. Differences between mothers and fathers were found on a number of variables. Length of time since diagnosis, level of family cohesion, and sex of parent significantly predicted parental mental health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)823-829
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • Adjustment
  • communication
  • Coping
  • Life-threatening illness
  • Parents
  • Sex differences

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