Among the research that does exist, it is often diagnosis-specific.
For example, Johnston and Mash (2005) concluded that the presence of a child with ADHD results in increased problems with family and marital functioning (hello!
I'm referring to the parents of children with severe cases of depression or other mood disorders, ADHD, psychosis, autism, and other emotional and/or cognitive disorders.
Previous research has not done enough to educate us about the effects on parents of having a child with SN.
But chronic illnesses are not the only type of special needs that children have.
I am focusing on children with special emotional needs, including children who have a psychiatric diagnosis.
Having a special needs (SN) child brings with it many of the typical joys of parenting, but let’s not kid ourselves into believing that there aren’t major drawbacks for the parents.
As a psychologist and parent of a special needs child of my own, I have detected several negative effects which I’ll describe in detail below.