Examination of bidirectional relationships between parent stress and two types of problem behavior in children with autism spectrum disorder

Anat Zaidman-Zait, Pat Mirenda, Eric Duku, Peter Szatmari, Stelios Georgiades, Joanne Volden, Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, Tracy Vaillancourt, Susan Bryson, Isabel Smith, Eric Fombonne, Wendy Roberts, Charlotte Waddell, Ann Thompson

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Abstract

Path analysis within a structural equation modeling framework was employed to examine the relationships between two types of parent stress and children's externalizing and internalizing behaviors over a 4-year period, in a sample of 184 mothers of young children with autism spectrum disorder. Parent stress was measured with the Parenting Stress Index-Short Form and child behavior was measured with Child Behavior Checklist/1.5-5. Across all time points, parent general distress predicted both types of child behaviors, but not vice versa. In addition, there was modest evidence of a bidirectional relationship between parenting distress and both types of child behaviors from 12 months post-diagnosis to age 6. Results are compared to previous work in this area, with implications for early intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1908-1917
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of autism and developmental disorders
Volume44
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Externalizing behavior
  • Internalizing behavior
  • Parenting stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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    Zaidman-Zait, A., Mirenda, P., Duku, E., Szatmari, P., Georgiades, S., Volden, J., Zwaigenbaum, L., Vaillancourt, T., Bryson, S., Smith, I., Fombonne, E., Roberts, W., Waddell, C., & Thompson, A. (2014). Examination of bidirectional relationships between parent stress and two types of problem behavior in children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 44(8), 1908-1917. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-014-2064-3