Predictors of parenting stress during early adoptive parenthood

Elena Camilla Rosa Canzi, Sonia Ranieri, Daniela Barni, Rosa Rosnati

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Parenting stress has a crucial influence on the parent-child relationship, the functioning of the family, and the development of children. Few studies have examined parenting stress in adoptive families during early parenthood, and fewer still have considered this issue in association with the quality of both couple and social relationships. The current study was intended to investigate predictors of parenting stress in a community sample of 56 adoptive parents from Italy, for a total of 112 participants. Our goals were to: 1) evaluate parenting stress among adoptive parents during the first post-adoption year, and 2) identify whether and to what extent parenting stress can be predicted by certain characteristics of the child (gender, age at adoption, years of institutionalisation, presence/absence of disease on arrival, emotional and behavioural difficulties), of parents’ individual well-being (e.g., the presence of depressive symptoms), of relationships within the couple (sexual satisfaction, tenderness between partners, quarrelling) and with the social context (real and potential social support). In the analyses parents’ gender effect and intercorrelations between the partners were taken into account. Results of multiple regression analysis and relative weight analysis highlighted the great importance of children’s age at adoption and their emotional and behavioural difficulties in predicting both mothers’ and fathers’ stress, but also the contribution of the couple relationship quality as a protective factor that could reduce the level of parenting stress.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)811-820
Numero di pagine10
RivistaCurrent Psychology
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2019


  • Adoptive parents
  • Couple relationship
  • parenting stress


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