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Investigating the difference in parental stress across different sized families

da Costa Fogaca Silva, Amandha (2019) Investigating the difference in parental stress across different sized families. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Objective: Past research has looked at parental stress and how many different factors such as age, gender and marital status, may affect it. Although, none has looked at the relationship between parental stress and the number of children in a household. Therefore, the current study was designed to investigate the difference in parental stress across different sized families.

Methods: Data was collected from 193 participants (females: n = 182; males: n = 11) but due to the unexpected unevenness in numbers, data from all males was removed. Participants’ perceived stress and parental stress levels were tested. Results: Findings did not show any statistical significance for hypotheses 1 and 2 which investigated the relationship between age and parental stress levels and marital status and parental stress levels, but they showed a small significance for hypothesis 3 which investigated number of children and parental stress levels.

Discussion: As the current study was the first of its kind, findings suggest that there is a negative relationship between number of children and parental stress levels. There were a few limitations to the study and future research should address these as well as investigating the topic further as it is needed in order to better understand it.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Stress (Psychology)
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 29 May 2019 14:02
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 14:02
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/3764

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