Journal article

Parental distress in response to childhood medical trauma: A mediation model

Roseanne Currie, Vicki A Anderson, Maria C McCarthy, Kylie Burke, Stephen JC Hearps, Frank Muscara

JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

This study explored the relationship between individual and family-level risk in predicting longer-term parental distress following their child's unexpected diagnosis of serious illness. A mediation model was tested, whereby parents' pre-existing psychosocial risk predicts longer-term posttraumatic stress symptoms, indirectly through parents' acute stress response. One hundred and thirty-two parents of 104 children participated. Acute stress response partially mediated the relationship between psychosocial risk and posttraumatic stress symptoms, with a moderate indirect effect (r2 = .20, PM = .56, p < .001). Findings demonstrated that cumulative psychosocial risk factors predispose parents t..

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