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ERIC Number: EJ975898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Children on the Autism Spectrum: Grandmother Involvement and Family Functioning
Sullivan, Alison; Winograd, Greta; Verkuilen, Jay; Fish, Marian C.
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v25 n5 p484-494 Sep 2012
Background: This study investigated associations between the presence of a child with autism or Asperger's disorder in the family, family functioning and grandmother experiences with the goal of better understanding grandparent involvement in the lives of grandchildren on the autism spectrum and their families. Methods: Mothers and grandmothers of children who were either typically developing or on the autism spectrum completed parallel forms of a grandparent involvement measure. Mothers reported on the functioning of the immediate family. Data were analysed via multilevel modelling with mother-grandmother dyads as the unit of observation. Results: Autism spectrum disorders in children were associated with more flexible family functioning, lower levels of family satisfaction, greater grandmother difficulties and more grandmother information needs. Conclusions: Participation of grandparents in diagnostic and treatment meetings and increased communication among family members may facilitate grandparent support and involvement in families with a child on the autism spectrum. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Family Adaptability Cohesion Evaluation Scales