What is the relationship between stress, fatigue, coping ability and the early home learning environment for parents of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Research shows that parents of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) experience wellbeing difficulties such as stress and depression, and that this can impact on their confidence and experiences of parenting. This project involves a series of studies exploring the relationships between stress, fatigue, coping and the early home learning environment for parents of children with ASD.

Parents of young children with ASD from birth to four years of age are invited to participate in a survey asking for information about their experiences of stress, coping, sleep, fatigue, parenting and the early home learning environment.

Our published findings to date indicate that mothers of young children with ASD experience higher levels of fatigue, depression, anxiety and stress than parents of typically developing children. High levels of fatigue are associated with poor sleep quality, a greater perceived need for social support, more problematic child behaviour, and poor diet, exercise and sleep routines.

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