ERIC Number: EJ872133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
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Daily Experiences among Mothers of Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Smith, Leann E.; Hong, Jinkuk; Seltzer, Marsha Mailick; Greenberg, Jan S.; Almeida, David M.; Bishop, Somer L.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v40 n2 p167-178 Feb 2010
In the present study, 96 co-residing mothers of adolescents and adults with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) participated in an 8-day diary study and reported on their daily experiences. In comparison with a nationally representative sample of mothers of children without disabilities, mothers of adolescent and adult children with ASD spent significantly more time providing childcare and doing chores, and less time in leisure activities. Fatigue, arguments, avoided arguments, and stressful events were also more common among mothers of individuals with ASD. However, mothers of individuals with ASD reported similar levels of positive interactions and volunteerism as the comparison group. Daily experiences were subsequently related to well-being in both groups. These findings highlight the need for family support services.
Descriptors: Mothers, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Diaries, Autism, Adolescents, Adults, Family Environment, Comparative Analysis, Stress Variables, Fatigue (Biology), Leisure Time, Child Rearing, Volunteers, Well Being, Parent Attitudes
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