Parents of youngsters with intellectual and developmental disabilities generally report more stress than other parents. Child behavioural features, and specifically their behaviour problems, are shown to account for a few of the variation in parents' experience of stress. However, there has been no exploration of whether the child's pro-social behaviour is predictive of parenting stress. Within the present study, 74 mothers of youngsters with intellectual disabilities completed measures of stress and psychological state and reported on their child's adaptive behaviour, problem behaviour, and pro-social behaviour.
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