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Type: Journal article
Title: Time demands of caring for children with autism: What are the implications for maternal mental health?
Author: Sawyer, M.
Bittman, M.
La Greca, A.
Crettenden, A.
Harchak, T.
Martin, J.
Citation: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2010; 40(5):620-628
Publisher: Kluwer Academic/plenum Publ
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 0162-3257
1573-3432
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Michael G. Sawyer, Michael Bittman, Annette M. La Greca, Angela D. Crettenden, Taylor F. Harchak and Jon Martin
Abstract: This study examined the relationship between maternal mental health problems and both caregiving time and experience of time pressure for 216 mothers of children with autism. Data describing caregiving time was obtained using 24-h time-diaries. Standard questionnaires were used to assess time pressure, social support, children’s emotional and behavioural problems, and maternal mental health problems. After adjusting for the effect of children’s age, maternal social support, and children’s behaviour problems, time pressure but not hours of caregiving, had a significant positive relationship with maternal mental health problems. Findings suggest that the quality of home-based care for children with autism may be adversely affected if time pressure experienced by caregivers compromises their mental health and well being.
Keywords: Autism; Mothers; Caregiving time; Mental health problems; Time use
Rights: © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009
RMID: 0020094122
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-009-0912-3
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