Pittman, Laura D.
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Psychology
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a pervasive chronic illness, and approximately 2.3 million individuals worldwide are diagnosed with MS. Those with MS are often women of childbearing age and, thus, understanding how the disorder impacts these mothers and their families is important. The current study examined potential mechanisms through which maternal MS symptom severity influences child psychological functioning (i.e., internalizing and externalizing symptoms). Complete data were collected from 75 mothers diagnosed with MS via online data collection methods. Results indicated some support for previous research in that MS symptom severity was associated with poorer psychological functioning in children. Furthermore, there was an indirect association of maternal MS severity on child internalizing symptoms through maternal lax control. Furthermore, there was an indirect association of maternal MS severity on child externalizing symptoms through maternal depressive symptoms and maternal acceptance. Limitations, clinical implications, and future directions are discussed.
Padgett, Emily Elizabeth, "Severity of illness, parenting, and child psychological adjustment : exploring the associations among mothers with multiple sclerosis" (2017). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 4891.
vi, 114 pages
Northern Illinois University
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