This study examines family distress and quality of life among families of children with disabilities during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Israel. It considers the role of family resources, a sense of community, and the services provided by the Israeli family-centered program (IFCP). One hundred eighty-two parents of children with disabilities participated in this study through an online survey. Structural equation modeling showed that extensive family resources, better operation of the IFCP, and a sense of community were associated with a better quality of life. Lack of family resources was associated with family distress. A regression-based path analysis indicated that this association was moderated by components of the IFCP. Family-centered services were associated with a family’s quality of life and experience of distress in times of national crisis. The results highlight the importance of the partnership between parents of children with disabilities and service providers.
|Journal||Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities|
|State||Accepted/In press - 2023|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research project was funded by Ashalim JDC-Israel and the Israeli Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs.
© Hammill Institute on Disabilities 2023.
- support systems for families
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Clinical Neurology
- Psychiatry and Mental health