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Coping strategies in mothers and fathers of pre-school and school age children with autism

Hastings, Richard P., Kovshoff, Hanna, Brown, Tony, Ward, Nicholas J., Degli Espinosa, Francesca and Remington, Bob (2005) Coping strategies in mothers and fathers of pre-school and school age children with autism Autism, 9, (4), pp. 377-391. (doi:10.1177/1362361305056078).

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Despite the theoretical and demonstrated empirical significance of parental coping strategies for the wellbeing of families of children with disabilities, relatively little research has focused explicitly on coping in mothers and fathers of children with autism. In the present study, 89 parents of preschool children and 46 parents of school-age children completed a measure of the strategies they used to cope with the stresses of raising their child with autism.
Factor analysis revealed four reliable coping dimensions: active avoidance coping, problem-focused coping, positive coping, and religious/denial coping. Further data analysis suggested gender differences on the first two of these dimensions but no reliable evidence that parental coping varied with the age of the child with autism. Associations were also found between coping strategies and parental stress and mental health. Practical implications are considered including reducing reliance on avoidance coping and increasing the use of positive coping strategies.

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Published date: 2005
Keywords: coping, fathers, mothers, preschool children, school-age children, stress


Local EPrints ID: 40187
ISSN: 1362-3613
PURE UUID: 55d30d5b-89bc-4e18-8b31-ce472636b7c8
ORCID for Hanna Kovshoff: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 04 Jul 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:35

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Author: Richard P. Hastings
Author: Hanna Kovshoff ORCID iD
Author: Tony Brown
Author: Nicholas J. Ward
Author: Francesca Degli Espinosa
Author: Bob Remington

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