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Perceived self-efficacy in parents of adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Perceived self-efficacy in parents of adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Title: Perceived self-efficacy in parents of adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Author: Weiss, Jonathan A,
Tint, Ami
Paquette-Smith, Melissa
Lunsky, Yona
Abstract: Many parents of adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) experience difficulty accessing appropriate services for their children, and may report low levels of parent self-efficacy. In an effort to identify the factors that contribute to the difficulties these families face, this study examined the role of demographic, systemic and clinical need variables as they relate to parents’ experience of self-efficacy. Participants included 324 parents of individuals with autism spectrum disorder, 12-25 years of age. Results suggest that parent self-efficacy is related to a number of variables and not simply a child’s clinical situation, including child age, parent immigrant status, barriers to service access, and caregiver burden. Given the crucial role that parents often play in the lives of individuals with ASD across the lifespan, it is important that service providers support the efforts of parents who provide and access care for their children.
Sponsor: This research was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (MOP 102677). Dr. Weiss is supported by the Chair in ASD Treatment and Care Research (Canadian Institutes of Health Research #284208 in partnership with NeuroDevNet, Sinneave Family Foundation, CASDA, Autism Speaks Canada, and Health Canada).
Subject: access to services
autism spectrum disorder
parent self-efficacy
parenting
Type: Article
Rights: Weiss, J.A., Tint, A., Paquette-Smith, M., & Lunsky, Y. Perceived self-efficacy in parents of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder. Autism, 20(4), pp. 425-434. Copyright © 2016. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1362361315586292
URI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361315586292
http://hdl.handle.net/10315/34460
Published: Sage Publishing
Citation: Autism, 20(4), 2016, 425-434
ISSN: 1362-3613
Date: 2016

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