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Predicting Self-Care and Quality of Life in the Context of Parenting a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

April 27, 2023 - April 19, 2024

Western Michigan University psychology researchers are currently seeking parents of autistic individuals/individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are receiving applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment to participate in a study. Previous research has examined a range of parent, child, and contextual factors associated with quality of life and psychological wellbeing in parents of children with autism. However, to date, only a small number of studies have characterized both the self-care practices and the correlates of self-care in parents of children with ASD.

What are the goals of the study?

The purpose of the research is to learn more about parental self-care practices and factors related to caring for a child with autism that impact a parent’s quality of life and self-care.

What will happen during the visit or online?

Participants will be asked to complete an anonymous online survey. The survey should take approximately 20-minutes to complete.

How will this help families?

It is anticipated that the results of this study will further the field’s understanding of the self-care practices of parents of children with autism, potentially help us identify characteristics of parents who may be at particular risk for poor self-care, and ultimately may help identify supportive mechanisms that treatment providers may be able to provide for parents and caregivers.

Eligibility Criteria

Parents (specifically the primary caregiver) of an autistic individual/individual with ASD who is receiving applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy may participate. Participants must be over the age of 18, must be able to read and write in English, must reside in the US, and must have access to a computer or mobile device and internet.

View the study flyer here.

Take the survey here.

Contact Information

Sarah Dacey – sarah.a.dacey@wmich.edu

Research Study Website
Self Care and Quality of Life in Parents of Autistic Individuals - Western Michigan University Dept. of Psychology

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