Stress and adaptation in orthodox Jewish families with a disabled child

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1994 Jul;64(3):376-85. doi: 10.1037/h0079537.


A four-year follow-up study of 82 religious families of children with disabilities revealed decreases in the negative impact of the child and increases in sibling and overall family adjustment. Parents reported various coping techniques and cited religion as a source of strength. Lack of time, behavior problems, and limited availability or use of professional assistance were continuing difficulties.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Cost of Illness*
  • Disabled Persons / psychology*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Israel
  • Jews / psychology*
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Religion and Psychology*
  • Social Support
  • Stress, Psychological / complications*