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The association between child autism symptomatology, maternal quality of life, and risk for depression.
|Title||The association between child autism symptomatology, maternal quality of life, and risk for depression.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Authors||Zablotsky B, Anderson C, Law P|
|Journal||Journal of autism and developmental disorders|
|Date Published||2013 Aug|
Parents raising children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have been shown to experience high levels of stress and report a lower quality of life. The current study examined the association between child autism symptomatology, mother's quality of life, and mother's risk for depression in a sample of 1,110 mothers recruited from a web-based registry of families with children with an ASD. Higher autism symptomatology and a greater number of co-occurring psychiatric disorders in the child were associated with an increased risk for current treatment of maternal depression and a lower maternal quality of life. The results highlight the importance of screening for depression, particularly in mothers of children with ASD and mental health and behavioral challenges.
|Alternate Journal||J Autism Dev Disord|