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Factors associated with stress in families of children with autism spectrum disorder
Curtin Univ, Australia.
Curtin Univ, Australia.
Curtin Univ, Australia.
Curtin Univ, Australia.
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2018 (English)In: Developmental Neurorehabilitation, ISSN 1751-8423, E-ISSN 1751-8431, Vol. 21, no 3, p. 155-165Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify key factors associated with severe stress in families raising a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Methods: Questionnaires were mailed to families with one or more children with a diagnosis of ASD. Data from 543 surveys were analyzed using univariate and multivariate logistic regression. Results: Forty-four percent (n = 241) of the caregivers reported severe family stress related to raising a child with ASD. Severe family stress was associated with (1) reduced ability to socialize; (2) not having accessed individual therapy; (3) negative co-parent relationships; and (4) high out of pockets costs due to the childs ASD. The specific ASD diagnosis, comorbid conditions, socio-demographic variables, and social support were not associated with severe family stress. Conclusion: The findings of the current study highlight the importance of a systemic approach to family stress, whereby individual, family, and ecological factors are investigated.

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TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC , 2018. Vol. 21, no 3, p. 155-165
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Ability to socialize; co-parent; cost; family systems; individual therapy; occupation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-147183DOI: 10.1080/17518423.2017.1326185ISI: 000427274000002PubMedID: 28598245OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-147183DiVA, id: diva2:1199447
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Funding Agencies|Department of Social Services (DSS); Australian Governments Cooperative Research Centers Program

Available from: 2018-04-20 Created: 2018-04-20 Last updated: 2018-04-20

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