Dimensions of stress in early parenting

S. L. Weinberg, M. S. Richardson

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Assessed differences in the salience of early parenting stress dimensions according to specific demographic characteristics. Parenting is viewed as a stressful life event that is likely to entail wide individual variation in the perception of stress. Using an individual differences multidimensional scaling method with 38 parents (27-39 yrs old), 4 dimensions of stress were identified: (1) major vs minor child problems, (2) immediate vs long-range experience, (3) child welfare vs self-welfare, and (4) restriction of self and other adult activities. The 1st dimension appeared to be most problematic for parents in that it was most highly related to a set of adjectives describing unpleasant or stressful emotional states. (26 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)686-693
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1981


  • perceptions of factors precipitating stress in parenting, parents of children under 29 mo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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