Date of Award

Summer 8-2018

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Applied Developmental Psychology



Major Professor

Dr. Elliott Beaton

Second Advisor

Dr. Roberto Enrique Varela

Third Advisor

Dr. Matthew Scalco


Children with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS) have serious medical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms that are stressful to their parents. Higher general intelligence quotients (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EI) in children could allay parental stress. Self-reported stress, anxiety, and depression were measured in parents of children with 22q11.2DS (n=42) and a healthy control group (n=20) in relation to children’s IQ and EI. Children with 22q1.2DS had lower IQ and EI scores. Parental groups did not differ in their reported stress, anxiety, or depression. Children’s IQ and EI levels did not relate to parental measures of affect even in the 22q11.2DS group. Based on these families at this measurement point, it appears that parents are coping well with the challenges of raising a child with a complex neurodevelopmental disorder and that IQ and EI do not play a significant role in parental affect. Further interpretation and future directions are discussed.


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