The interrelationships among parenting stress and quality of life of the caregiver and preschool child with very low birth weight

Ching Fang Lee, Fang Ming Hwang, Chwen Jen Chen, Li Yin Chien*

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Abstract

This study examined the interrelationships of quality of life (QOL) of primary caregivers and their preschool children with very low birth weight (VLBW) and parenting stress. Primary caregivers of 118 VLBW and 170 non-VLBW children completed questionnaires. Structural equation modeling suggested that the QOL of the primary caregivers was directly related to parenting stress, and that parenting stress was directly related to the children's QOL. The aforementioned relationship did not differ between VLBW and non-VLBW groups. Targeting the QOL and parenting skills of the primary caregiver could also improve the QOL of the preschooler.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-237
Number of pages10
JournalFamily and Community Health
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2009

Keywords

  • Parenting stress
  • Quality of life
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Very low birth weight

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