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ERIC Number: EJ1008407
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0891-4222
Aligning over the Child: Parenting Alliance Mediates the Association of Autism Spectrum Disorder Atypicality with Parenting Stress
Hill-Chapman, Crystal R.; Herzog, Teresa K.; Maduro, Ralitsa S.
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v34 n5 p1498-1504 May 2013
Children's symptoms of autism are robustly linked to diminished parent well-being and relationship distress, however they are less clearly linked to other aspects of family development. We focused on child atypical symptoms (i.e., behavioral stereotypies) and investigated relations to parental stress and the parenting alliance. We verified that relations between atypicality and parenting stress were partially mediated by a child-focused aspect of the parenting alliance. These results suggested that parents of highly atypical children reported less stress than parents of children with low levels of these behaviors, an effect that acted through an assessment of the parenting partner as highly involved with the child. However, parents with highly atypical children did not report a similarly better self-focused parenting alliance, indicating that direct emotional support from the partner did not differ between the groups. We discuss the possibility that, among parents who stay together in the face of severe child disability, enhanced perceptions of parenting are not uncommon. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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