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ERIC Number: ED517443
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 59
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-5309-7
The Relationship of Repetitive Behavior and Sensory Behavior to Parenting Stress in Mothers of Boys with Autism and Mothers of Boys with Fragile X Syndrome
Richardson, Lolita Lisa
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of South Carolina
This study investigated the relationship between repetitive behaviors and sensory behavior to the parenting stress of mothers of boys with fragile X syndrome and mothers of boys with autism. Participants consisted of two groups: 51 mothers with boys diagnosed with fragile X syndrome (M = 71.3, SD = 56.5) and 30 mothers with boys diagnosed with autism (M = 86.8, SD = 29.3). Data was taken from an extant data base of two completed studies. Mothers of the participants completed the "Parenting Stress Index-SF", the "Repetitive Behavior Scale- R," and the "Sensory Experiences Questionnaire." Results indicated that parenting stress was predicted by group, repetitive behavior, and sensory behavior which accounted for 41% of the variance. Group was a main effect with the mothers of boys with autism having higher parenting stress and repetitive behavior was a main effect predicting parenting stress for both groups. In subsequent analyses run separately for each group, sensory behavior was predictive of parenting stress in the fragile X group but not in the autism group. Determining how repetitive behavior and sensory behavior contribute to parenting stress for mothers of boys with fragile X syndrome and mothers of boys with autism adds to the literature. It also provides information for the family, teachers, and outside professionals that can be used to develop interventions and in turn reduce parental stress levels. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Parenting Stress Index