ERIC Number: EJ959072
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
Relationship Status among Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Population-Based Study
Freedman, Brian H.; Kalb, Luther G.; Zablotsky, Benjamin; Stuart, Elizabeth A.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v42 n4 p539-548 Apr 2012
Despite speculation about an 80% divorce rate among parents of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), very little empirical and no epidemiological research has addressed the issue of separation and divorce among this population. Data for this study was taken from the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health, a population-based, cross-sectional survey. A total of 77,911 parent interviews were completed on children aged 3-17 years, of which 913 reported an ASD diagnosis. After controlling for relevant covariates, results from multivariate analyses revealed no evidence to suggest that children with ASD are at an increased risk for living in a household not comprised of their two biological or adoptive parents compared to children without ASD in the United States.
Descriptors: Divorce, Parent Attitudes, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Marital Status, Marital Satisfaction, National Surveys, Interviews, Children, Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Family Structure
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: United States