ERIC Number: EJ880305
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Time Demands of Caring for Children with Autism: What Are the Implications for Maternal Mental Health?
Sawyer, Michael G.; Bittman, Michael; La Greca, Annette M.; Crettenden, Angela D.; Harchak, Taylor F.; Martin, Jon
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v40 n5 p620-628 May 2010
This study examined the relationship between maternal mental health problems and both caregiving time and experience of time pressure for 216 mothers of children with autism. Data describing caregiving time was obtained using 24-h time-diaries. Standard questionnaires were used to assess time pressure, social support, children's emotional and behavioural problems, and maternal mental health problems. After adjusting for the effect of children's age, maternal social support, and children's behaviour problems, time pressure but not hours of caregiving, had a significant positive relationship with maternal mental health problems. Findings suggest that the quality of home-based care for children with autism may be adversely affected if time pressure experienced by caregivers compromises their mental health and well being.
Descriptors: Mothers, Autism, Well Being, Caregivers, Mental Health, Diaries, Time, Child Rearing, Stress Variables, Correlation, Children, Questionnaires, Social Support Groups, Behavior Problems, Emotional Problems, Age Differences
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