ERIC Number: EJ797500
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Children with Autism: Quality of Life and Parental Concerns
Lee, Li-Ching; Harrington, Rebecca A.; Louie, Brian B.; Newschaffer, Craig J.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v38 n6 p1147-1160 Jul 2008
Past research has shown that children with autism and their families have compromised quality of life (QOL) in several domains. This study examined QOL and parental concerns in children with autism during early childhood, childhood, and adolescence compared to children with Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) and to typical controls from a US national sample. Families with children diagnosed with autism reported more profound QOL effects than families of children with ADD/ADHD or unaffected controls. Children with autism were significantly less likely to attend religious services, more likely to miss school, and less likely to participate in organized activities. Parental concerns over learning difficulty, being bullied, stress-coping, and achievement were overwhelming in the autism group relative to the comparison groups.
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Autism, Quality of Life, Hyperactivity, Attention Deficit Disorders, Children, Questionnaires, Family Environment, Comparative Analysis, Parent Attitudes, Interpersonal Relationship, Stress Management, Academic Achievement, Bullying
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