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ERIC Number: EJ858488
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1366-8250
Enrichment, Stress, and Growth from Parenting an Individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Phelps, Kenneth W.; McCammon, Susan L.; Wuensch, Karl L.; Golden, Jeannie A.
Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, v34 n2 p133-141 Jun 2009
Background: Past researchers have focused primarily on the associated negative impact of caring for a child with special needs. In this study, caregivers report the enrichment and stress of caring for a child with an autism spectrum disorder. Method Eighty caregivers completed the "Social Communication Questionnaire" (SCQ), "Effects of the Situation Questionnaire" (ESQ), and "Posttraumatic Growth Inventory" (PTGI). Enrichment and stress scores were compared to symptom severity data and posttraumatic growth scores. Results Consistent with prior research, caregivers reported greater levels of stress than enrichment. On just over half of the stress/enrichment variables, parental ratings of stress and enrichment were negatively correlated. Scores of total stress and enrichment were not correlated to the severity of the individual's symptoms or caregivers' growth scores. Conclusions These findings suggest that although stress is a major concern for caregivers, enrichment and growth may also occur in varying degrees. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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