A sample of 160 ageing mothers to adult offspring with moderate intellectual disability living at home or out-of-home was studied in regard to the mothers' undesired life events, life satisfaction and well-being within a stress and coping research model. Overall, all significant differences occurred in the group of mothers who were 68 years and older. Caregivers to adult offspring living at home had fewer undesired life events than mothers whose offspring lived out-of-home. Mothers in one-parent families whose adult offspring lived at home had greater levels of life satisfaction than those in two-parent families, whereas mothers in two-parent families whose offspring lived out-of-home had greater levels of life satisfaction and well-being than those in one-parent families. Desired control and social support had differential moderating effects on the three outcome measures
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