The demands of parenting can cause considerable stress for families. Parents were asked how often during the past month they had felt that their child was much harder to care for than others of his or her age; how often the child did things that really bothered them a lot; and how often they had felt angry with the child. Parents were considered to often feel stressed if they answered “usually” or “always” to at least one of these measures: Overall, parents of 10.7 percent of children reported often feeling stressed (data not shown).
For parents of children with emotional, behavioral, or developmental conditions, stress was much more common. Parents of 30.9 percent of children with at least one condition reported usually or always feeling at least one type of stress. For parents of children with one condition, this proportion was 21.8 percent; for parents of children with two conditions, 37.5 percent; and for parents of children with three or more conditions, more than half (54.0 percent) usually or always felt stress. Among children with no emotional, behavioral, or developmental conditions, the parents of 8.2 percent usually or always felt one of these types of stress.