ERIC Number: EJ1147951
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Mediating Effects of Social Support on Quality of Life for Parents of Adults with Autism
Marsack, Christina N.; Samuel, Preethy S.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v47 n8 p2378-2389 Aug 2017
The aim of this study was to examine the mediating effect of formal and informal social support on the relationship of caregiver burden and quality of life (QOL), using a sample of 320 parents (aged 50 or older) of adult children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Multiple linear regression and mediation analyses indicated that caregiver burden had a negative impact on QOL and that informal social support partially mediated the relationship between caregiver burden and parents' QOL. Formal social support did not mediate the relationship between caregiver burden and QOL. The findings underscored the need to support aging parents of adult children with ASD through enhancing their informal social support networks.
Descriptors: Quality of Life, Autism, Adults, Parents, Social Support Groups, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Caregivers, Multiple Regression Analysis
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