Parenting Stress Related to Behavioral Problems and Disease Severity in Children with Problematic Severe Asthma

Marieke Verkleij, Erik-Jonas van de Griendt, Vivian Colland, Nancy van Loey, Anita Beelen, Rinie Geenen

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Our study examined parenting stress and its association with behavioral problems and disease severity in children with problematic severe asthma. Research participants were 93 children (mean age 13.4 +/- A 2.7 years) and their parents (86 mothers, 59 fathers). As compared to reference groups analyzed in previous research, scores on the Parenting Stress Index in mothers and fathers of the children with problematic severe asthma were low. Higher parenting stress was associated with higher levels of internalizing and externalizing behavioral problems in children (Child Behavior Checklist). Higher parenting stress in mothers was also associated with higher airway inflammation (FeNO). Thus, although parenting stress was suggested to be low in this group, higher parenting stress, especially in the mother, is associated with more airway inflammation and greater child behavioral problems. This indicates the importance of focusing care in this group on all possible sources of problems, i.e., disease exacerbations and behavioral problems in the child as well as parenting stress
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-193
JournalJournal of clinical psychology in medical settings
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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