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Research Article

Intergenerational Influence and Quality of Life: A Study Within Families with a Child with a Disability

Authors:

Femke Migerode ,

UPC KULeuven, BE
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Ann Buysse,

Ghent University, BE
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Lesley Verhofstadt,

Ghent University, BE
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Bea Maes,

Catholic University of Leuven, BE
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Jan De Mol

Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve, BE
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Abstract

The aim of the present study was to investigate (a) how intergenerational influence takes form within families with a child with a disability, and (b) the extent to which positive and negative influence – as perceived by family members – within and across generations, is predictive of family members' subjective quality of life. The study involved 60 two-parent two-child families where one of the children had a disability. Within a round-robin design, family members completed self-report measures of felt influence within their family and subjective quality of life. The main findings suggest that interpersonal influence as perceived by parents and children (a) varies as a function of valence (positive vs. negative) and target (from whom the influence is felt); and (b) is related to subjective quality of life. However, there seem to be differential effects of the distinct dimensions of influence (positive vs. negative; intergenerational vs. intragenerational) depending on whose quality of life is examined.
How to Cite: Migerode, F. et al., (2013). Intergenerational Influence and Quality of Life: A Study Within Families with a Child with a Disability. Psychologica Belgica. 53(3), pp.25–47. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pb-53-3-25
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Published on 01 Jul 2013.
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