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Title: The Buffering Effect of Resilience upon Stress, Anxiety and Depression in Parents of a Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Contributor(s): Bitsika, Vicki  (author); Sharpley, Christopher  (author)orcid ; Bell, Ryan (author)
Publication Date: 2013
DOI: 10.1007/s10882-013-9333-5
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Abstract: The possible buffering effects of psychological resilience on stress, anxiety and depression associated with parenting a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) were investigated in 73 mothers and 35 fathers who had at least one child with an ASD and who completed a questionnaire about their experiences as parents. Mothers were significantly more anxious and depressed than fathers, and reported being "stretched beyond their resources" more frequently than fathers. Both mothers and fathers reported clinically significant anxiety and depression between three and five times the rate reported in the normal adult population. Moderation analysis showed that psychological resilience acted as a buffer against the development of elevated anxiety and depression associated with high levels of daily stress from parenting. Further, although the daily stress of parenting a child with an ASD was associated with quite severe anxiety and depression, even relatively low levels of resilience buffered against this anxiety and depression. Suggestions are made for assisting parents to develop psychological resilience in dealing with the stress associated with parenting their child with an ASD.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 25(5), p. 533-543
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1573-3580
Field of Research (FOR): 110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920111 Nervous System and Disorders
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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