The association between child autism symptomatology, maternal quality of life, and risk for depression.

TitleThe association between child autism symptomatology, maternal quality of life, and risk for depression.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsZablotsky B, Anderson C, Law P
JournalJournal of autism and developmental disorders
Volume43
Issue8
Pagination1946-55
Date Published2013 Aug
Abstract

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.

DOI10.1155/2013/951319
Alternate JournalJ Autism Dev Disord