Impact of ASDs on Parent Mental Health

Impact of ASDs on Parent Mental HealthA study by the York University, Department of Psychology in Toronto examined the impact of children problem behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) on parent mental health.

Raising a child with an ASD has often been associated with higher levels of parenting stress and psychological distress.

The study looked at relations among child problem behavior, parent mental health, psychological acceptance, and parent empowerment. Participants included 228 parents of children diagnosed with ASD, 6–21 years of age.

The findings suggest that for problems that are on going and difficult to address, such as ASDs, psychological acceptance may be an important factor in coping for parents.

An Australian study on the well-being of parents of children with autism found that parents who received more social support, had lower scores of depression, anxiety and anger. Also parents with older children, females and larger families reported lower scores of anger.

However a study looking at parents coping with autism over a period of approximately a decade found that fewer parents coped through reliance on service providers, family support, social withdrawal and individualism. The study established that as parents matured they coped through their religious faith and other emotion-focused strategies.

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  1. Posted June 17, 2017 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    My humble feeling : that the most essential thing to focus
    on in life that we should all consider is living life like
    it matters. That means one is never bored or killing time, because
    both demonstrate that you just aren’t being your best. The time we have on this world is precious.

    When it concerns kids, we must always be our best.
    We want kids to always see a world at its full
    potential, and always provide a perfect example of someone doing thier
    best. No person is perfect? We must nevertheless provide
    kids with the best example that we can.

    Life as a grown-up is a serious thing. It’s not so bad for kids, compared to
    the dim past, a time when kids worked full time
    at ten years of age. In some areas with weaker government,
    this practice continues to this day.

    We have created something worth remembering in in the modern world.
    It’s permitting youth to be an unspoiled time of play.

    Having the opportunity to be without having to punch a clock and
    earn a living and all its stress is what makes childhood a time to grow and learn.

    Even so, kids yet experience stress. Thinking they live without a care is completely outside
    of reality.

    With many after-school programs each week, from
    team sports such as basketball and soccer, to dance and
    gymnaticss, horseback riding and tennis girls have many chances to get some exericse and stay healthy.
    But the negative to thisdownside is they are nearly always busy.

    A dizzying array of weekly tests and quizzes, advanced learning tracks,
    and doing their best to navigate socially with the other
    kids at school and teachers all can cause kids tension and stress.
    What kid doesn’t need a break?

    Our Kids Spa Parties have helped many girls to find their peaceful place.

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    The concept that kids are without a care in the
    world is far from true in many instances. Kids experience stress,
    and from some the same things as adults, but some different things as well.

    Children get nervous. Kids have strict goals to meet.
    I think it’s great to learn as much as we can about how to help children be calm, because they should enjoy and appreciate this time of growth and learning in their lives.
    Our spa party services are real, and kids really like having a day to not have to be stressed for a change.

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