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Parenting stress among mothers of adolescents in Sri Lanka: Associated factors

Authors:

Y.G. Ellawella ,

Ministry of Health, Colombo, LK
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P. Fonseka,

Former Professor of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayawardenepura, LK
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S.T. Kaththriarachchi

Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayawardenepura, LK
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Abstract

Background Parenting stress is the tension parents feel in fulfilling their parenting functions. Parenting children of any age is difficult, but it can be especially difficult with regards to older children of pre-teen and teenage years.

Aim The aim of this study was to describe risk factors for parenting stress among mothers of adolescents aged 15-19 years in the district of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Methods An unmatched case control study was conducted among 421 mothers with high parenting stress, and 421 mothers with low parenting stress. Levels of stress amongst mothers were identified by the administration of the Stress Index for Parents of Adolescents (SIPA), which has been translated and validated for Sri Lanka. An interviewer administered study-specific anonymous questionnaire was used to gather other relevant data.

Results Behavioural problems in the adolescent, poor relationship with the adolescent, stressful life events during the mother’s adolescence, poor marital satisfaction, and unavailability of support from friends emerged as significant risk factors associated with high parenting stress.

Conclusions The risk of high parenting stress among mothers of adolescents was associated with multi-dimensional factors related to the adolescent, mother, family and society. All these factors should be addressed to improve the psychological wellbeing of both the mother and the adolescent.  

SL J Psychiatry 2015; 6(2): 15-19

How to Cite: Ellawella, Y.G., Fonseka, P. & Kaththriarachchi, S.T., (2015). Parenting stress among mothers of adolescents in Sri Lanka: Associated factors. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry. 6(2), pp.15–19. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v6i2.8075
Published on 15 Dec 2015.
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