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ERIC Number: EJ1065198
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
The Power of Positivity: Predictors of Relationship Satisfaction for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Ekas, Naomi V.; Timmons, Lisa; Pruitt, Megan; Ghilain, Christine; Alessandri, Michael
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n7 p1997-2007 Jul 2015
The current study uses the actor-partner interdependence model to examine the predictors of relationship satisfaction for mothers and fathers of children with autism spectrum disorder. Sixty-seven couples completed measures of optimism, benefit finding, coping strategies, social support, and relationship satisfaction. Results indicated that parent's positive strengths predicted better personal relationship satisfaction. Moreover, parents' benefit finding, use of emotional support, and perceived social support from their partner also predicted their partner's relationship satisfaction. The results of this study highlight the importance of focusing on positive factors that can enhance relationship quality. Implications for the development of parent-focused interventions are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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