Parenting stress and parent- and clinician-rated measures of Autism Spectrum Disorder Symptoms

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dc.contributor McWilliam, R. A.
dc.contributor Ryan, Sarah M.
dc.contributor.advisor Tomeny, Theodore S. Paisley, Courtney Ann 2019-02-12T14:31:18Z 2019-02-12T14:31:18Z 2018
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003187
dc.identifier.other Paisley_alatus_0004M_13729
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) report higher levels of stress than do parents of typically developing (TD) children and children with other developmental disabilities (DD). Parenting stress has been linked to low quality of life and is thought to affect the parent-child relationship. Throughout the diagnostic process, both parents and clinicians typically act as informants or raters of a child’s symptoms and behaviors. Research indicates that parents’ perceptions and understanding of their child’s symptoms may be influenced by their stress levels. Therefore, because parents’ stress may influence their report of their child’s characteristics, it is essential to understand if and how parenting stress impacts the level of agreement between clinician and parent ratings, particularly when assessing for ASD symptom severity. This study examined the relation between parent- and clinician-rated ASD symptom severity as a function of parenting stress in a sample of children with and without ASD. Additionally, this study examined the potential influence of child restrictive and repetitive behaviors (RRBs) and age on the relation between raters of ASD symptom severity. Results indicated no relation between parent- and clinician-rated ASD symptom severity and a negative relation between parenting stress and clinician-rated ASD symptoms. Interactions between predictor variables were also examined. Overall, results demonstrate the complexity of parents’ stress levels and their perception of their child’s symptom severity that might play a role in the relation between raters. Future research should aim to shed more light on parental factors other than stress, such as parent knowledge, that may play a role in the diagnostic process.
dc.format.extent 71 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
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dc.subject.other Psychology
dc.title Parenting stress and parent- and clinician-rated measures of Autism Spectrum Disorder Symptoms
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Department of Psychology Psychology The University of Alabama master's M.A.

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