Please help parents of children with disabilities help themselves.
A clinical psychologist and parent of a child with Down syndrome is conducting an important national survey of parents of children with special needs. The survey seeks to identify the experiences of these parents; how they cope with daily life stressors; and what the effects of care-giving may have on their physical and emotional health.
Rather than focusing on dysfunction, this survey takes a positive approach, looking at psychological functioning such as resiliency, coping strategies and the strengths that emerge in such families.
Participants who volunteer will complete a group of online surveys asking about their emotional and physical health, coping techniques, and the quality of their life. Completing the surveys should take between 30-45 minutes, and all responses are both confidential and anonymous; all responses will be grouped together for analysis, no individual answers will be examined.