Parenting Stress in Mothers of Gifted and Typical Children

  • Author / Creator
    Bishop, Barbara D
  • Abstract This study was designed to compare reported levels of parenting stress in mothers of gifted children with mothers of typical children. Mothers of school aged children (Kindergarten to Grade Five) whose children have been identified by a registered psychologist as being gifted through standardized intelligence assessments (n = 30) completed the Parenting Stress Index (PSI) online. Mothers of children of school aged children (Kindergarten to Grade Five) who self-­‐identified their children having no identified learning exceptionalities (n = 30) also completed the Parenting Stress Index (PSI) online. The PSI asks participants to respond to statements in two identified major source domains of stressors: child factors and parent factors. Results show that mothers of the gifted sample report significantly greater levels of parenting stress than the mothers of the typical sample. In addition, it was shown that child factors were slightly more predictive of parenting stress than parenting characteristics. The findings point to the importance of identifying areas of parenting stress in families of gifted children so professionals working with these families have a more comprehensive understanding of the unique stressors in raising a gifted child.

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    Master of Education
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    University of Alberta
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  • Department
    • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Specialization
    • Psychological Studies in Education
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Klassen, Robert (Educational Psychology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Ellis, Julia (Education)
    • Mrazik, Martin (Educational Psychology)