Parental stress, affective symptoms and marital satisfaction in parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Lovisotto, Rebecca, Caltabiano, Nerina J., and Hajhashemi, Karim (2015) Parental stress, affective symptoms and marital satisfaction in parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 5 (10). pp. 30-38.

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Abstract

Parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a life-long developmental disorder, responded to an online survey considering their stress experience, affective symptoms and marital satisfaction. As these parents sourced different programs for their children, type of program was used to assign parents to different groups in order to consider their stress, affective symptoms and marital satisfaction. The type of programs parents used included the Applied Behaviour Analysis (n=15); Early Intervention Centre (n=13) and no formal program (n=16). Parents of children with ASD in the ABA group reported significantly lower parental stress scores, lower affective symptoms scores and higher marital satisfaction scores compared to the other two groups. These results are suggestive of the beneficial effect that an ABA program can have on the family unit.

Item ID: 42327
Item Type: Article (Scholarly Work)
ISSN: 2221-0989
Keywords: parental stress, parental depression, marital satisfaction, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Applied Behaviour Analysis, Early Intervention Centres
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2016 23:17
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology @ 70%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 30%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939907 Special Needs Education @ 60%
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