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Mothers' expressed emotion towards children with and without intellectual disabilities.

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Objectives To identify factors associated with maternal expressed emotion (EE) towards their child with intellectual disability (ID).
Design and method A total of 33 mothers who had a child with ID and at least one child without disabilities between the ages of 4 and 14 years participated in the study. Mothers completed self-assessment questionnaires which addressed their sense of parenting competence, beliefs about child-rearing practices, and their reports of behavioural and emotional problems of their child with ID. Telephone interviews were conducted to assess maternal EE towards the child with ID and towards a sibling using the Five Minute Speech Sample (FMSS; Magana et al. 1986), and also to assess the adaptive behaviour of the child with ID using the Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scale (VABS; Sparrow et al. 1984).
Results Mothers with high EE towards their child with ID were more satisfied with their parenting ability, and their children had more behaviour problems. Analysis of differential maternal parenting, through comparisons of EE towards their two children, showed that mothers were more negative towards their child with ID for all domains of the FMSS except dissatisfaction.
Conclusions A small number of factors associated with maternal EE towards children with ID were identified. Differences in maternal EE towards their child with ID and their other child suggest that EE is child-driven rather than a general maternal characteristic. Implications of the data for future research are discussed.

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Beck, A., Daley, D., Hastings, R.P. and Stevenson, J. (2004) Mothers' expressed emotion towards children with and without intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 48, (7), pp. 628-638. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2788.2003.00564.x).

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Published date: October 2004

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Local EPrints ID: 52593
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/52593
ISSN: 0964-2633
PURE UUID: 52ef9cdc-d775-4817-b1b5-ab45f015ea68

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Date deposited: 10 Jul 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:40

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Author: A. Beck
Author: D. Daley
Author: R.P. Hastings
Author: J. Stevenson

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