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Impact of child factors on parenting stress of mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability: a UK school-based study

Impact of child factors on parenting stress of mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability: a UK school-based study

Tsermentseli, Stella and Kouklari, Evangelia-Chrysanthi (2019) Impact of child factors on parenting stress of mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability: a UK school-based study. Early Child Development and Care. ISSN 0300-4430 (Print), 1476-8275 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2019.1658090)

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Abstract

Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are at risk for high stress levels. Multiple child factors have been identified as predictors of stress in parents of children with ASD, but factors associated with stress in parents of children with ASD and comorbid intellectual disability (ASD-ID) are not well understood. This study examined the role of child’s age, social impairment, executive functions and adaptive skills on parenting stress in mothers of children with ASD-ID. Mothers of 133 children with ASD-ID (aged 4–11 years) completed the Parenting Stress Index–Short Form, the Behaviour Rating Inventory of Executive Function, the Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales, and the Social Responsiveness Scale. Mothers’ stress varied according to the child’s educational stage and associated with poor metacognition. No associations were found between parenting stress, age and adaptive skills of children. Social impairment also predicted parenting stress above and beyond child factors. Theoretical implications are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: autism spectrum disorder, distress, parents, parenting stress
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2019 15:19
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/25026

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