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Predicting Caregiver and Family Quality of Life in Families With Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Predicting Caregiver and Family Quality of Life in Families With Children With Autism Spectrum... Purpose The purpose of this study is to explore caregiver and family quality of life in families with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). To better understand the experience of caregivers and families of children with ASD, a family systems perspective using constructs from a psychosocial adjustment model of disability (i.e., role impact as the independent variable and relationship satisfaction and mastery as mediator variables) was studied to explain caregiver and family quality of life. Method Hayes’ PROCESS macro was used to determine the variance of caregiver and family quality of life accounted for by the predictor variables. Results The results indicated that the models explained 52.3% of the variance in caregiver quality of life and 44.4% of the variance in family quality of life. Conclusions The findings of this study expand the current literature on caregivers of children with ASD, and the important variables to consider related to caregiver quality of life and family quality of life. Implications for rehabilitation research (e.g., increased need for a focus on family variables across research agendas) and practice (e.g., increase need for family-oriented interventions) are discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Rehabilitation Research, Policy and Education Springer Publishing

Predicting Caregiver and Family Quality of Life in Families With Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Publisher
Springer Publishing
Copyright
© 2022 Springer Publishing Company
ISSN
2168-6653
eISSN
2168-6661
DOI
10.1891/re-20-35
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Abstract

Purpose The purpose of this study is to explore caregiver and family quality of life in families with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). To better understand the experience of caregivers and families of children with ASD, a family systems perspective using constructs from a psychosocial adjustment model of disability (i.e., role impact as the independent variable and relationship satisfaction and mastery as mediator variables) was studied to explain caregiver and family quality of life. Method Hayes’ PROCESS macro was used to determine the variance of caregiver and family quality of life accounted for by the predictor variables. Results The results indicated that the models explained 52.3% of the variance in caregiver quality of life and 44.4% of the variance in family quality of life. Conclusions The findings of this study expand the current literature on caregivers of children with ASD, and the important variables to consider related to caregiver quality of life and family quality of life. Implications for rehabilitation research (e.g., increased need for a focus on family variables across research agendas) and practice (e.g., increase need for family-oriented interventions) are discussed.

Journal

Rehabilitation Research, Policy and EducationSpringer Publishing

Published: Jun 6, 2022

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