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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 11/2013

01-11-2013 | Original Paper

Respite Care, Marital Quality, and Stress in Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Auteurs: Amber Harper, Tina Taylor Dyches, James Harper, Susanne Olsen Roper, Mikle South

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 11/2013

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Abstract

Parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are at risk for having higher stress and lower marital quality than other parents. Survey data regarding respite care, marital quality, and daily hassles and uplifts were obtained from 101 mother-father dyads who were together raising at least one child with ASD (total # of children = 118). Number of hours of respite care was positively related to improved marital quality for both husbands and wives, such that a 1-h increase in weekly respite care was associated with a one-half standard deviation increase in marital quality. This relationship was significantly mediated by perceived daily stresses and uplifts in both husbands and wives. More respite care was associated with increased uplifts and reduced stress; increased uplifts were associated with improved marital quality; and more stress was associated with reduced marital quality. The number of children in the family was associated with greater stress, and reduced relational quality and daily uplifts. Results suggest policymakers and practitioners should develop supports for providing respite for families raising children with ASD.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Respite Care, Marital Quality, and Stress in Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Auteurs
Amber Harper
Tina Taylor Dyches
James Harper
Susanne Olsen Roper
Mikle South
Publicatiedatum
01-11-2013
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 11/2013
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-013-1812-0