“You can’t do all”: Caregiver experiences of stress and support across ecological contexts
Caregiver characteristics (i.e., cognitions, affective responses) and factors of stress and support across developmentally salient ecological contexts (i.e., home, school, and community) are important contributors to caregiving quality. Using a qualitative methodology with intentional awareness to reflexivity and the positionality of the research team, the present study sought to examine relations between emergent caregiver characteristics and the ways that caregivers appraised their experiences across contexts. Sixteen biological parents (Mage = 38.8, SD = 6.2; 44% non-Hispanic White, 6% Hispanic White, 19% Black or African American, 12.5% Latinx 12.5% Asian, 6% Syrian; 94% Female) completed in-depth semi-structured interviews and data were analyzed using thematic analysis with an inductive approach. Results highlight the unique roles of caregiver distrust, emotion regulation, developmental history, and culture in the ways that caregivers appraise experiences of stress and support across home, school, and community contexts. Together, these findings provide awareness of the unique relations between caregiver characteristics and context-specific experiences of stress and support, which can enhance our ability to tailor intervention and advise recommendation and dosage of various supports for caregivers and their families.
Journal of Child and Family Studies
O’Dea, Nicole A. and Marcelo, Ana K., "“You can’t do all”: Caregiver experiences of stress and support across ecological contexts" (2022). Psychology. 531.