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.