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Widyawati, Yapina

The effects of family resilience on quality of life of children with developmental disabilities; the role of parent psychological well being and quality of parenting
Having a developmental disability may have serious consequences for the physical, cognitive, and social emotional needs of children, which is often referred to as quality of life. The quality of life of children largely depends on the extent to which families are able to offer support and the extent to which they are able to adapt to the situation that occurs as a consequence of the disability of their child. The process of parents’ adaptation to difficult family situations, and the way they become strengthened, resourceful, and confident in handling different situations is referred to as resiliency. Research has shown that when parents are able to adapt and deal with difficult  situations, this has significant positive effects on the quality of the life of the child. Two important pathways can be identified through which family resilience can affect a child’s quality of life: parents’ psychological well-being and quality of parenting. It is still unclear, however, how these pathways  relate to the relationship between resilience and quality of life, especially as both protective and risk factors have been found to play a role in resiliency at the same time as well. In the present study it will therefore be examined to what extent the relationship between family resilience and children’s quality of life is affected by parents’ psychological well being as well as quality of parenting in an Indonesian sample, taking into account both risk and protective factors of family resilience. As most studies on children with a developmental disability have been conducted in western society, and findings from these studies might not be generalized to other cultures, our study may add substantially to existing literature.
Prof. dr. Ron Scholte, dr. Tijs Kleemans