ERIC Number: EJ1109773
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
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Parents of Children with ASD Experience More Psychological Distress, Parenting Stress, and Attachment-Related Anxiety
Keenan, Belinda M.; Newman, Louise K.; Gray, Kylie M.; Rinehart, Nicole J.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n9 p2979-2991 Sep 2016
There has been limited study of the relationship between child attachment and caregiver wellbeing amongst children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This study examined self-reported child attachment quality alongside caregivers' report of their own psychological distress, parenting stress and attachment style, amongst 24 children with high-functioning autism or Asperger's disorder (ASD; aged 7-14 years) and 24 typically developing children (aged 7-12 years), and their primary caregiver. Children with ASD were no less secure, but their caregivers were more stressed and reported more attachment-related anxiety, compared to typically developing dyads. Child attachment security was related to caregiver psychological distress and attachment style, but only amongst typically developing children. Impacts of emotion processing impairments on caregiver-child relationships in ASD are discussed.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Attachment Behavior, Child Rearing, Anxiety, Psychological Characteristics, Caregiver Child Relationship, Child Caregivers, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Asperger Syndrome, Children, Parents
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