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Parents of Children with Developmental Difficulties and Parents of Typically Developed Children: What Happens in a Year?

Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Zagreb 10000, Croatia
Behav. Sci. 2020, 10(1), 4; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs10010004
Received: 13 November 2019 / Revised: 9 December 2019 / Accepted: 10 December 2019 / Published: 18 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue XVI European Congress of Psychology)
Parents of children with developmental difficulties (DD) face many challenges on an everyday basis and, compared to a parent of a typically developed child (TD), are at risk to experience lower well-being. Earlier, as a part of the CRO-WELL project, we explored differences in the well-being of parents of children with DD and a matching group of parents of TD children. Results showed that both groups of parents were equally happy and satisfied with their lives in general, with only a difference in satisfaction with free time. The aim of the current study was to explore what happened in one-year’s time. Out of the initial sample of 41 parents by group, the second wave was completed by 19 parents of DD children and 27 parents of TD children. Results showed that parents of children with DD were less satisfied with life in general, as well as less happy and less satisfied with health, family, friends, and safety compared to parents of TD children. They also experienced three times more negative events than parents of TD children. Having a child with developmental difficulties reflects on many life domains and these results could serve as a guidepost in the design of support for families of children with developmental difficulties. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript. View Full-Text
Keywords: well-being; parents of children with developmental difficulties; happiness; life events; longitudinal study well-being; parents of children with developmental difficulties; happiness; life events; longitudinal study
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Lučić, L. Parents of Children with Developmental Difficulties and Parents of Typically Developed Children: What Happens in a Year? Behav. Sci. 2020, 10, 4.

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