HOW MOTHERS AND FATHERS VIEW PROFESSIONAL CAREGMNG FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
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The authors compared mothers' and fathers' perceptions of professional caregiving, using the MPOC, a self-administered questionnaire for parents. The authors looked at the aspects of caregiving 128 couples judged to be important, their perceptions of the actual caregiving received from health professionals and their stress. The data, from a relatively large sample of intact families, indicated that there were more similarities than differences between the mothers' and fathers' replies. Both valued the enabling and partnership aspect of caregiving most highly. Only one difference in reported experience was found: mothers reported experiencing significantly more coordinated and comprehensive care than did their spouses. The clinical implications of the findings are discussed, particularly with respect to the involvement of fathers in clinical intervention, and the belief that fathers are uninterested in their children's care.
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