Burnout Among Parents of Children With Disabilities: A Systematic Review (OS239)

  • PMD: 7
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 11: Consultation and Collaboration With Educators and Parents
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Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. describe the steps in conducting a systematic review.
  2. identify parental characteristics associated with the experience of parental burnout.
  3. identify evidence-based interventions for alleviating the consequences of burnout.
  4. identify child characteristics associated with the experience of parental burnout.


Originally conceptualized as applying to human service workers, research on burnout has been extended to parents. This research is limited, but indicates that many parents do experience burnout, with parents of children with disabilities particularly susceptible to burnout. Here, we conduct a systematic review of burnout among parents of children with disabilities where we identify parental and child characteristics associated with burnout. We also identify evidence-based interventions for treating parental burnout.



Theresa J. Brown, Georgian Court University
Samantha L. Defilippo, Georgian Court University

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