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ERIC Number: EJ1037817
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Fatigue, Stress and Coping in Mothers of Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Seymour, Monique; Wood, Catherine; Giallo, Rebecca; Jellett, Rachel
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v43 n7 p1547-1554 Jul 2013
Raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be exhausting, which has the potential to impact on parental health and wellbeing. The current study investigated the influence of maternal fatigue and coping on the relationship between children's problematic behaviours and maternal stress for 65 mothers of young children (aged 2-5 years) with ASDs. Results showed that maternal fatigue but not maladaptive coping mediated the relationship between problematic child behaviours and maternal stress. These findings suggest child behaviour difficulties may contribute to parental fatigue, which in turn may influence use of ineffective coping strategies and increased stress. The significance of fatigue on maternal wellbeing was highlighted as an important area for consideration in families of children with an ASD.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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