Journal article

How Do Mothers and Fathers Interact With Their Children After An Injury? Exploring the Role of Parental Acute Stress, Optimism, and Self-Efficacy

Shaminka N Mangelsdorf, Matthias R Mehl, Jianrong Qiu, Eva Alisic

JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC PSYCHOLOGY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: In the aftermath of a child injury, children and parents can jointly experience acute stress symptoms. Optimism and self-efficacy might buffer against post-traumatic stress disorder. Knowing that children are innately receptive to parent modeling, we were interested in exploring how parent acute stress, optimism, and self-efficacy might transpire in parent-child interactions and whether any differences existed between mothers and fathers. METHODS: We recruited 71 families of seriously injured children who were hospitalized for at least 24 hr. Parents completed self-report measures of acute stress, optimism, and self-efficacy. Children wore the Electronically Activated Recorder (EA..

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Grants

Awarded by Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Rubicon Fellowship #446-11-021); the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia (Early Career Fellowship #1090229 and Centre of Research Excellence for Paediatric Emergency Medicine); Monash University (Larkins program); the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship; the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program; and Royal Children's Hospital Foundation, Melbourne.