Abstract

Research suggests that parents of children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) experience higher levels of stress than both those of typically developing children and children with other developmental disabilities. Parental stress may spill over into additional domains of parental competence, impairing parental mental health, and parents’ ability to bond with their child. Little research has addressed the impact of the parent-child bond on parental stress. The current study used data from the Mindful Awareness for Parenting Stress project (MAPS) at Loma Linda University to further our understanding of parents’ attachment to the child and parental stress examining whether parental attachment is a protective factor against parental stress. The proposed study included 39 parents of children with ASD. The results suggest that there were significant changes in parental stress, parent’s ability to cope with stress, and in the area of the parent-child relationship. Future studies should place importance on identifying and targeting those parents with lower attachment, as they experienced higher gains across the intervention.

LLU Discipline

Clinical Psychology

Department

Clinical Psychology

School

School of Behavioral Health

First Advisor

Neece, Cameron L.

Second Advisor

Freeman, Kimberly

Third Advisor

Phillips, Raylene

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Level

Ph.D.

Year Degree Awarded

2014

Date (Title Page)

6-2014

Language

English

Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings

Parents of autistic children -- Psychology, Children with autism spectrum disorders -- Family relationships, Attachment behavior

Subject - Local

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Gillian Autism Rating Scale, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Awareness Parenting Stress

Type

Thesis

Page Count

53

Digital Format

PDF

Digital Publisher

Loma Linda University Libraries

Usage Rights

This title appears here courtesy of the author, who has granted Loma Linda University a limited, non-exclusive right to make this publication available to the public. The author retains all other copyrights.

Collection

Loma Linda University Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Collection Website

http://scholarsrepository.llu.edu/etd/

Repository

Loma Linda University. Del E. Webb Memorial Library. University Archives

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