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Coping and wellbeing
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    Conference presentation
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  • Authors:
    Quy K
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    Early Childhood Ireland
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    UCD, Dublin
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The aim of this study was to investigate the association between children’s coping styles and emotional outcomes, with particular reference to family factors, and maternal mental health and coping. Although a conceptually problematic construct, coping has been found to play an important role in development and wellbeing. Coping, particularly coping in children and how it develops, remains, however, a relatively sparsely researched area of study. The study took a mixed method approach, employing large scale survey data collection (n=2557) and in depth interviews with 144 children and their carers A number of potential ethical issues were identified, particularly in relation to possible identification of high levels of symptomatology and a focus on potentially upsetting feelings and events in a vulnerable sample (children). A consultant child psychiatrist who agreed to act as research consultant to the main study provided medical cover in the event that worrying symptoms were identified. In addition, interviewers were fully briefed with details of appropriate local helping agencies and self-help organisations, and this information was available to children or their parents who requested it. Results indicated consistent relationships between children’s coping and children’s anxiety and somatic symptoms, and also between children's coping and family factors, such as maternal mental health, parent-child relationship quality and parent relationship quality.
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