Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Carol Kuechler, MSSW, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Joseph Clubb, MSW

Third Advisor

Sheila Maybanks, MSW, LICSW


This exploratory study examined the factors that contribute to the resilience of mothers of children with disabilities. Two measures of resources and support were administered to 16 mothers of children with disabilities who attended parent support groups offered by three agencies in the Twin Cities area. Findings indicated that social support, employment status, and number of children with disabilities are important to the understanding of resilience within this population. The small sample size and variability in scores suggest caution in the clinical application of the findings.


SC 11.MSW.1996.Humes.AD

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