ERIC Number: EJ1211252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Factors That Affect the Physical and Mental Health of Caregivers of School-Age Children and Transitioning Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Lee, Gloria K.; Shivers, Carolyn M.
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v32 n3 p622-634 May 2019
Background: Although studies have examined quality of life (QOL) among family caregivers of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), little is known about potential differences in QOL based on the age of the individual with ASD, particularly in relation to caregivers' needs, beliefs and coping mechanisms. Method: This study investigated 132 caregivers of school-age children and 61 caregivers of transitioning young adults with ASD on measures of caregiving, strain, coping, family needs and QOL. Results: The results indicated that there were no significant differences in QOL based on the age of the individuals with ASD, although parents of children reported significantly more caregiving behaviours, with coping, internalized strain and health information needs predicted mental health QOL. Discussion: Age of the individual with ASD was not significantly related to caregivers' QOL. More research is needed to determine independent predictors of caregiver QOL across the lifespan.
Descriptors: Mental Health, Physical Health, Young Adults, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Coping, Caregiver Attitudes, Family Needs, Age Differences, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Attitudes, Predictor Variables
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