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ERIC Number: EJ769912
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1934-9556
Mothers of Adolescents and Adults with Autism: Parenting Multiple Children with Disabilities
Orsmond, Gael I.; Lin, Ling-Yi; Seltzer, Marsha Mailick
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v45 n4 p257-270 Aug 2007
We examined types of disabilities in siblings from a large sample of families of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the impact of another child with a disability on maternal and family well-being. The most frequent disabilities in siblings were attention and hyperactivity (4.6%) and autism spectrum (2.4%) disorders and psychiatric (2.1%) and learning (2.0%) disabilities. Mothers parenting another child with a disability (in addition to the child with ASD) had higher levels of depressive symptoms and anxiety and lower family adaptability and cohesion compared with mothers whose only child with a disability had ASD (matched on child age and family size). Findings are discussed with respect to understanding the needs of such families, including service provision. (Contains 5 tables.)
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. P.O. Box 7065, Lawrence, KS 66044-7065. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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