Social involvement, socio-economic status and subjective well-being of parents of offspring with intellectual and developmental disabilities

A. Gur, A. Rimmerman

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Abstract

Background: The study explores whether households' socio-economic status and social involvement can moderate the association between stress and subjective well-being among parents of offspring with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Method: The random national sample comprised 301 parents caring for offspring with IDD. Measurements consist of a household income survey, a questionnaire on resources and stress, a social involvement questionnaire and a personal well-being index. Using PROCESS software, a regression-based path analysis has been used to test the moderating effect of social involvement and socio-economic status on the association between stress and subjective well-being. Results: Social involvement moderated the association between parental stress and subjective well-being. At high levels of parental stress only, parents with increased social involvement reported better subjective well-being. Significant interaction was observed between stress and socio-economic status. Conclusions: Among parents raising offspring with IDD, social involvement may enhance the relationship between parental stress and subjective well-being. At lower stress levels, better socio-economic status is associated with increased subjective well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)870-877
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disability Research
Volume65
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank the Israeli Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services and the Shalem Fund for funding this research project.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 MENCAP and International Association of the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Keywords

  • intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • social involvement
  • socioeconomic status
  • stress
  • subjective well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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