Title page for ETD etd-02142011-181107

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Tarabek, Jessica
Author's Email Address jtarabek@vt.edu
URN etd-02142011-181107
Title Relationship satisfaction and mental health of parents of children with autism: A comparison of autism, ADHD, and normative children
Degree Master of Science
Department Human Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Wittenborn, Andrea K. Committee Chair
Allen-Benton, Linda Committee Member
Huebner, Angela J. Committee Member
  • relationship satisfaction
  • mental health
  • Autism
Date of Defense 2011-02-02
Availability unrestricted
This research compares the relationship satisfaction and mental health of parents of children diagnosed with Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and parents of normative children. The analytical sample was obtained from the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health, and ANOVA statistical procedures were used to analyze the data. Results indicate that significant differences exist in relationship satisfaction and mental health between mothers of children with Autism or ASD and mothers of either children with ADHD or ADD or normative children. No significant differences were found between fathers. Implications for clinicians working with this population, as well as suggestions for future research are discussed.
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