Parenting self-efficacy mediates the effect of parental acceptance on the social-emotional abilities of children with special needs

Wirza F. Rahayu, Frieda M. Mangunsong

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Abstract

Parents of children with special needs face challenges that can cause stress and reduce parenting self-efficacy. The parent-child relationship is one of the main influences on a child's social-emotional abilities. The aim of this study was to examine more in depth the effect of parental acceptance on the social-emotional abilities of children with special needs and investigate the mediating role of parenting self-efficacy. The participants were 291 parents of children with special needs from various regions in Indonesia. All the participants completed a questionnaire that assessed parental acceptance, parenting self-efficacy, and the social-emotional abilities of their children. The mediation model was tested using the Structural Equation Model. The result of this study shows that the relationship between parental acceptance and the social-emotional abilities of children with special needs is fully mediated by parenting self-efficacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-238
Number of pages28
JournalLife Span and Disability
Volume23
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Children with special needs
  • Disability
  • Mediation
  • Parental acceptance
  • Parenting self-efficacy
  • Social-emotional abilities

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