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The Association Between Child and Family Characteristics and the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Caregivers of Children with Autism in Mid-Childhood

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ann Le Couteur, Emerita Professor Helen McConachie, Professor Jeremy Parr, Rachel Cole-Fletcher, Jessica Maxwell



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© 2017 The Author(s)We examined predictors of mental health difficulties and wellbeing in caregivers of children with autism in the Pre-school Autism Communication Trial cohort in middle childhood (N = 104). Child’s intellectual disability, daily living skills impairment, elevated emotional and behavioural difficulties, high educational level of caregiver and household income below the median significantly predicted caregivers’ mental health difficulties, but autism severity, child communication skills and family circumstances did not. Lower caregiver mental wellbeing was predicted by elevated child emotional and behavioural difficulties. The need to support the mental health and wellbeing of caregivers of children with autism is discussed in light of the results.

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Author(s): Salomone E, Leadbitter K, Aldred C, Barrett B, Byford S, Charman T, Howlin P, Green J, Le Couteur A, McConachie H, Parr JR, Pickles A, Slonims V, Cole-Fletcher R, Gammer I, Maxwell J, Tobin H, Vamvakas G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Year: 2018

Volume: 48

Issue: 4

Pages: 1189-1198

Print publication date: 01/04/2018

Online publication date: 25/11/2017

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Date deposited: 18/12/2017

ISSN (print): 0162-3257

ISSN (electronic): 1573-3432

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s10803-017-3392-x


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