Self-reported health and sickness benefits among parents of children with a disability

​This article investigates the possible consequences in self-reported health and receipt of sickness benefits when parenting a child with a disability. This study uses data from the population health study, The Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT 2), and the historical event database, FDTrygd, which contains Social Security and national insurance data for the Norwegian population. In the analysis, we compare 1587 parents of a child with a disability to other parents. Results indicate that parenting a disabled child impacts on self-reported health, particularly among mothers; however, being a parent to a disabled child has a much stronger effect in explaining the variance in received sickness benefits, and also length of time and frequency of having received sickness benefits. Parents with disabled children report just slightly lower selfreported health but are on sickness benefits more often than other parents which may be attributed to their extended care responsibilities.