The Impact of Autism: examining parental stress.

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:00:00 IST

Sinead Smyth, School of Nursing and Human Sciences, DCU

Location: UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy Seminar Room

The Impact of Autism: examining parental stress.

Dr Sinéad Smyth, Lecturer in Psychology, School of Nursing and Human Sciences, DCU

Abstract

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder, most frequently diagnosed in early childhood (Farrugia, 2009). ASD is characterised by a variety of symptoms, comprising of deficits in social communication and interaction, and repetitive or stereotypic behaviours (American Psychiatric Association, 2013; Bailey, Phillips, & Rutter, 1996). Approximately 1 in 100 people living in Ireland have a diagnosis of ASD (Sweeney, Staines & Boilson, 2016). Parents of children with ASD not only demonstrate higher levels of stress than parents of typically developing children but also higher levels of stress than parents of children with other developmental disabilities. Some of the possible reasons for this will be discussed.

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