ERIC Number: EJ1049025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
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Caregiver Strain and Sensory Features in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities
Kirby, Anne V.; White, Tamira J.; Baranek, Grace T.
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v120 n1 p32-45 Jan 2015
Caring for children with disabilities contributes to increased levels of parent stress or caregiver strain. However, the potential relationship of sensory features to strain among caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD) is unknown. Sensory features include overreactions, underreactions, and unusual interests in sensations, which may negatively impact family functioning. This descriptive study confirmed three caregiver strain types (i.e., objective, subjective internalized, subjective externalized) and explored differences among ASD (n = 71) and DD (n = 36) groups, with the ASD group reporting higher levels. Furthermore, this study explored the contribution of sensory features to caregiver strain, finding differential contributions to strain in the ASD group and covariate contributions (i.e., child cognition, mother's education) in the DD group.
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Children, Disabilities, Stress Variables, Developmental Disabilities, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Caregivers, Parents, Comparative Analysis, Sensory Experience, Perceptual Impairments
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