Headache is a potentially disabling condition involving enduring pain that negatively influences the quality of family life. Behav- The aim of this study was to evaluate the extent to which children’s behavioural problems were associated with maternal stress and how the child’s perception of security in the maternal attachment relationship moderates this association. Seventy-one school-aged children with headache (headache group (HG), age M=9.8 years old, SD = 1.3) and 71 children from a low-risk normative population (control group (CG), age M = 9.2 years old, SD = 1) and their mothers were involved in the study. Mothers’ reports of children’s behav- ioural problems were associated with higher maternal stress in the caring task both in the HG and in the CG. Results also showed hat the HG was more at risk for behavioural problems, whereas no difference between groups was detected for parenting stress and for attachment insecurity. In children with headache, perception of attachment security decreased the strength of the association be- tween maternal stress and externalizing behavioural problems. Secure attachment may provide children with headache and their parents with support in managing the negative emotions that arise in the context of significant health issues. Implications for practice are discussed.

Behavioural Problems in Children with Headache and Maternal Stress: Is Children’s Attachment Security a Protective Factor?

BARONE, LAVINIA;LIONETTI, FRANCESCA;DELLAGIULIA, ANTONIO;MOLTENI, SILVIA;BALOTTIN, UMBERTO
2016

Abstract

Headache is a potentially disabling condition involving enduring pain that negatively influences the quality of family life. Behav- The aim of this study was to evaluate the extent to which children’s behavioural problems were associated with maternal stress and how the child’s perception of security in the maternal attachment relationship moderates this association. Seventy-one school-aged children with headache (headache group (HG), age M=9.8 years old, SD = 1.3) and 71 children from a low-risk normative population (control group (CG), age M = 9.2 years old, SD = 1) and their mothers were involved in the study. Mothers’ reports of children’s behav- ioural problems were associated with higher maternal stress in the caring task both in the HG and in the CG. Results also showed hat the HG was more at risk for behavioural problems, whereas no difference between groups was detected for parenting stress and for attachment insecurity. In children with headache, perception of attachment security decreased the strength of the association be- tween maternal stress and externalizing behavioural problems. Secure attachment may provide children with headache and their parents with support in managing the negative emotions that arise in the context of significant health issues. Implications for practice are discussed.
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