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A comparison of families of children with autism spectrum disorders in family daily routines, service usage, and stress levels by regionality
Curtin University, Australia.
Curtin University, Australia.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Community Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Pain and Rehabilitation Center. Curtin University, Australia; La Trobe University, Australia; Cooperat Research Centre Living Autism Spectrum Disorder, Australia.
Curtin University, Australia.
2017 (English)In: Developmental Neurorehabilitation, ISSN 1751-8423, E-ISSN 1751-8431, Vol. 20, no 8, p. 483-490Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose: To explore whether family routines, service usage, and stress levels in families of children with autism spectrum disorder differ as a function of regionality. Methods: Secondary analysis of data was undertaken from 535 surveys. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to investigate differences between families living in densely populated (DP) areas and less densely populated (LDP) areas. Results: Families living in LDP areas were found to: (1) have reduced employment hours (a two-parent household: Exp (B) = 3.48, p amp;lt; .001, a single-parent household: Exp (B) = 3.32, p = .011); (2) travel greater distance to access medical facilities (Exp (B) = 1.27, p = .006); and (3) report less severe stress levels (Exp (B) = 0.22, p = .014). Conclusions: There were no differences in family routines; however, flexible employment opportunities and travel distance to medical services need to be considered in families living in LDP areas.

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TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC , 2017. Vol. 20, no 8, p. 483-490
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ASD; employment status; regional and remote; travel distance
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-143646DOI: 10.1080/17518423.2016.1236844ISI: 000415973000004PubMedID: 27739909OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-143646DiVA: diva2:1165494
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Funding Agencies|Department of Social Services (DSS); Australian Governments Cooperative Research Centres Programme

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