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Title: The Association between Autism Spectrum Disorder Symptoms in High-Functioning Male Adolescents and their Mothers' Anxiety and Depression
Contributor(s): Bitsika, Vicki (author); Sharpley, Christopher  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.1007/s10882-017-9537-1
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Abstract: To assess the impact of their child's symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder upon parents' anxiety and depression, 68 mothers of boys aged 10 to 15 years (M = 12.6 years, SD = 1.6 years) completed the ASD Behaviour Checklist, the GAD7 and the PHQ9 at a single setting. Results indicated that the boys' restricted and repetitive behaviours had the strongest relationship with their mothers anxiety and depression, followed by communication difficulties, but the latter set of behaviours did not significantly add to the variance predicted by restricted and repetitive behaviours. Their sons' intense reactions to stressors was the most powerful ASD-related contributor to the anxiety and depression experienced by these mothers. Several suggestions for enhancing parental coping with this aspect of their child's ASD behavioural symptomatology are discussed.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 29(3), p. 461-473
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Place of Publication: United States of Ameria
ISSN: 1573-3580
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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