The role of child problem behaviors in autism spectrum symptoms and parenting stress: A primary school-based study

Queenie K. Y. SIU, Huso YI, Randolph Chun Ho CHAN, Floria H. N. CHIO, Dorothy F. Y. CHAN, Winnie W. S. MAK

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Abstract

Parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) reported higher stress than those of typically developing children. The role of child problem behaviors in the relationship between autism spectrum symptoms and parenting stress is little known. A total of 731 parents of 177 children with ASD and 554 typically developing children in primary schools (6–11 years old) completed an ASD screening survey containing measures of parenting stress and child problem behaviors. While autism spectrum symptoms were positively associated with parenting stress, the relationship was mediated by child problem behaviors. Results suggest neither the severity of autism spectrum symptoms nor knowledge of ASD diagnosis was a primary source of parenting stress. A hypothesized path model was tested using structural equation modeling. Copyright © 2018 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)857-870
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume49
Issue number3
Early online dateOct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

Citation

Siu, Q. K. Y., Yi, H., Chan, R. C. H., Chio, F. H. N., Chan, D. F. Y., & Mak, W. W. S. (2019). The role of child problem behaviors in autism spectrum symptoms and parenting stress: A primary school-based study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 49(3), 857-870. doi: 10.1007/s10803-018-3791-7

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum symptoms
  • Child problem behaviors
  • Parenting stress
  • Mediation analysis
  • Hong Kong

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