Determinants of Parental Stress in Families Adopting Children From Eastern Europe


  • *The research reported in this paper was supported in part by grants from the Bureau of Research and Service, College of Education, and the UTK Professional Development Award of the University of Tennessee—Knoxville.

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Sources of variation in parents' assessment of parental stress and the effects of early institutionalization were investigated. Participants included 109 mother-father pairs who adopted children from Eastern Europe. Significant differences between mothers and fathers were obtained on child- and parent-related stress. The direction and magnitude of the differences between parents varied by the individual scale. Results indicated that children's behavior problems were highly associated with parenting stress for both mothers and fathers.