Parents Of Children With High Functioning Autism : How Well Do They Cope And Adjust?

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Parents of Children with High Functioning Autism: How Well Do They Cope and Adjust? By Gloria K. Lee.
This study examined the coping differences in relation to the psychosocial adjustment (depression, anxiety, and marital adjustment) between mothers and fathers of children with and without High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders (HFASD). 48 parents of children with HFASD and 26 parents of children without any disability complete a packet of psychological survey. Statistically significant differences were establish between the HFASD and control groups in depression, anxiety, one subscale of the marital adjustment measure and four subscales of the coping measures. When compared across gender within the HFASD group, depression, anxiety, one subscale of the marital adjustment, and four subscales of coping were found to be statistically significant. Parents of children with HFASD displayed less adaptive coping skills as compared to parents of children without any disability. Mothers of children with HFASD exhibited more adaptive coping skills as compared to their father equals. However, Interaction effect of disability and gender, was not significant (p. 93).
While inclusion of a control group gave better understanding of the impact of disability on the psychosocial distress and marital adjustment on parents of children with HFASD, this study has several limitations. The use of a suitable sample significantly limited the ability to generalize the results. While multivariate…

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