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01-10-2006 | Original Paper | Uitgave 7/2006

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 7/2006

Assessing Need for Social Support in Parents of Children with Autism and Down Syndrome

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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders > Uitgave 7/2006
Auteurs:
Susan Siklos, Kimberly A. Kerns

Abstract

Parents of children with autism frequently turn to the service delivery system to access supports designed to help adapt to the challenges of having a child with a life-long impairment. Although studies have suggested various supports and coping strategies that are effective for adapting, few studies have examined parents’ own perceptions of needs, and whether parents felt their needs were being met. In the present study the Family Needs Questionnaire (FNQ; Waaland et al., 1993) was modified to address needs for children with developmental disorders. A sample of fifty-six parents of children with autism and a comparison group of thirty-two parents of children with Down syndrome completed the FNQ. The groups did not differ significantly on the number of important needs reported nor the number of important needs being met. However, the two groups differed in the types of supports they most frequently endorsed as Important or Unmet.

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