Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ann Le Couteur,
Emerita Professor Helen McConachie,
Professor Jeremy Parr,
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© 2017 The Author(s)We examined predictors of mental health difficulties and wellbeing in caregivers of children with autism in the Pre-school Autism Communication Trial cohort in middle childhood (N = 104). Child’s intellectual disability, daily living skills impairment, elevated emotional and behavioural difficulties, high educational level of caregiver and household income below the median significantly predicted caregivers’ mental health difficulties, but autism severity, child communication skills and family circumstances did not. Lower caregiver mental wellbeing was predicted by elevated child emotional and behavioural difficulties. The need to support the mental health and wellbeing of caregivers of children with autism is discussed in light of the results.
Author(s): Salomone E, Leadbitter K, Aldred C, Barrett B, Byford S, Charman T, Howlin P, Green J, Le Couteur A, McConachie H, Parr JR, Pickles A, Slonims V, Cole-Fletcher R, Gammer I, Maxwell J, Tobin H, Vamvakas G
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Print publication date: 01/04/2018
Online publication date: 25/11/2017
Acceptance date: 02/04/2016
ISSN (print): 0162-3257
ISSN (electronic): 1573-3432
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