Former Chair and lifetime fellow of the SI Network, Sue Allen, has recently had her research published in the New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy. Her research was influenced by a shared experience amongst occupational therapists with distressed mothers during parenting.
In previous studies, many mothers have reported a lack of support, feelings of isolation and stress during parenting but the studies failed to identify factors that correlate with the levels of stress they experienced. The initial aim of this study was to quantify the extent of the mother’s stress levels and gain a clear understanding of what helped or hindered their ability to cope.
Sue’s study found increased maternal stress in mothers of children with sensory processing challenges. Consequently, these mothers and their children are at higher risk of harm and concerns about the child should be considered in the context of family need.
Sue wanted to thank everyone for their support; “Thank you to the mothers willing to share their time and experience to help others, as well as the Occupational Therapy team at Dingley Specialist Children’s Center, Edith Hawkins, Research and Development team at Royal Berkshire NHS Trust and Fiona Knott and Andreea Bezadea, Psychology department at Reading University for making this research study possible.”
Some interesting findings in this research - congratulations Sue!
If you are interested in finding more out about Sue's study an abstract of the paper can be read here.