Does socioeconomic position moderate the impact of child behaviour problems on maternal health in South Asian families with a child with intellectual disabilities?

Chris Hatton, Eric Emerson

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Abstract

Background: Previous research has reported robust associations between child problem behaviours and parental health in families with a child with intellectual disabilities. A recent study found that socioeconomic position may moderate this relationship. This paper examines moderating effects using more diverse indicators of socioeconomic position and parental health and in a cross-cultural context. Methods: Structured interviews were conducted with 123 UK South Asian mothers of a child with severe intellectual disabilities. Results: Socioeconomic position did not moderate the association between child problem behaviours and maternal distress. Socioeconomic position did moderate associations between child problem behaviours and maternal anxiety, depression and self-assessed health. Conclusions: Future research should systematically investigate the influence of socioeconomic position on family functioning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-16
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Parental health
  • Problem behaviour
  • Socioeconomic circumstances

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