The effect of positive parenting program on parenting stress of mothers with impaired hearing children
Background and Aim: Research indicates that impaired hearing is one of the most stressful
disabilities. The parenting stress involved could lead to family malfunction and improper parenting. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate the effects of positive parenting programs on the parenting stress of mothers with impaired hearing children.
Methods: The statistical population comprised mothers of all 7-12-year-old impaired hearing children in Tehran city. Thereafter, using the random sampling method, 24 individuals were shortlisted as research participants and were randomly assigned to two groups: control and experimental. The experimental group was trained with a positive parenting program based on the Sanders program (1993) over eight sessions. The measurement instrument was the Abidin parenting stress questionnaire.
Results: The mean score for grades in the experimental groups’ parent and child domains at the preand post-test stages had reduced more than that in the control group. In addition, the results of a multivariate covariance analysis indicated that positive parenting training was effective in the
reduction of parenting stress scores, reinforcement, and child mood components in the child domain, and in the feelings of competence, relationships with the spouse, and role limitation components (p<0.05) in the parent domain.
Conclusion: Considering the benefits of training parents for the reduction of parenting stress of
mothers with impaired hearing children, this method is recommended in all learning centers for the deaf.
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