Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/21564
Title: What worries parents of a child with Autism? Evidence from a biomarker for chronic stress
Contributor(s): Bitsika, Vicki  (author); Sharpley, Christopher  (author)orcid ; Andronicos, Nicholas  (author)orcid ; Agnew, Linda  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2017.02.003
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/21564
Abstract: Background: Previous studies have reported correlations between various aspects of the behaviour and symptomatology of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their parents' self-reports of stress via standardised scales. Aims: To extend that literature, a physiological index of parental chronic stress was used instead of their self-reports-dysregulation of the Diurnal Rhythm (DR) of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis. Methods: A sample of 149 parents of a child with ASD provided salivary cortisol at the predicted time of daily maximum cortisol concentration and at a time of daily lower concentration. Adherence to the predicted DR was assessed via a dichotomous (present/not-present) as well as a continuous measure, and MANOVA and linear regression were used to detect significant associations between ASD-related variables in their children and parents' DR. Results: Identified only a single significant correlate of DR dysregulation in both statistical procedures-Self-Injurious Behaviour (SIB) exhibited by their child and observed by the parents. Conclusions and Implications: These findings extend previous data using self-report indices of parental stress and should be included in parent-support settings to alert parents to the long-term health effects of the stress they experience in regard to their child's SIB.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Research in Developmental Disabilities, v.62, p. 209-217
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1873-3379
0891-4222
Field of Research (FOR): 110903 Central Nervous System
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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