The Impact of Parenting Stress: A Meta-analysis of Studies Comparing the Experience of Parenting Stress in Parents of Children With and Without Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Hayes S
  • Watson S
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Researchers commonly report that families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience more parenting stress than families of typically developing (TD) children or those diagnosed with other disabilities [e.g., Down syndrome (DS), cerebral palsy, intellectual disability]. The authors reexamined the research using comparison groups to investigate parenting stress and conducted a meta-analysis to pool results across studies. The experience of stress in families of children with ASD versus families of TD children resulted in a large effect size. Comparisons between families of children of ASD and families with other disabilities also generated a large effect size however, this result should be interpreted with caution as it may be associated with the specific experience of parenting a child with DS.

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  • Adolescence
  • Adult
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Autistic Disorder -- Psychosocial Factors
  • Autistic children
  • Autistic spectrum disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Chi Square Test
  • Child
  • Childhood Development
  • Children
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Data Analysis Software
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Effect Size
  • Family Relations
  • Female
  • Funding Source
  • Human
  • Male
  • Meta Analysis
  • Middle Age
  • Parental stress
  • Parenting
  • Parents
  • Preschool
  • Psychological
  • Psycinfo
  • Publication Bias
  • Stress
  • Systematic Review
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  • Stephanie A Hayes

  • Shelley L Watson

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