In today’s society, parents are often facing the problem of balancing the responsibilities of family and work. This is especially true for families of children with special needs, who suffer from emotional or behavioral problems, where finding adequate childcare can become a true burden. Parents may experience an increase in emotional problems, as well as difficulties in their employability.
Research has shown that parents of children with disabilities or special needs have heavier caregiving burdens than parents of children with no special needs, due to the specific physical or psychological needs of their child, which often increases parents’ stress levels (Morris, 2011).
Thus, the purpose of this research study is to assess how parents of children with special needs are affected by juggling work and family responsibilities. Further, the study will specifically examine the relationship between a lack of quality child care and parents’ level of stress, as well as the relationship between a lack of quality child care and parents’ problems concerning …show more content…
and (b) Does having a lack of quality child care affect parents’ employability? We used a non-experimental design, since we only made a single observation at one point in time. This correlational study examined the relationship between the variables of interest, with lack of quality child care as the independent variable, and parents’ employability and parental stress as the two dependent variables, and assesses, if problems, such as high stress levels or not being able to take care of work responsibilities show a significant correlation to a lack of quality child care at the established significance level (p <