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Family Predictors of Quality of Life and Child Problem Behavior in Families of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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dc.contributor.advisor Heyman, Richard E. en_US
dc.contributor.author Tetenbaum, Samara Pulver en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Clinical Psychology en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-15T18:07:08Z
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-24T14:53:16Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-15T18:07:08Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-24T14:53:16Z
dc.date.issued 2010-08-01 en_US
dc.identifier Tetenbaum_grad.sunysb_0771E_10230.pdf en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1951/55648 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/72701 en_US
dc.description.abstract Previous research on young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) has primarily focused on the affected child, while often overlooking the family of the child with ASD. Multiple child-related variables have been linked with quality of life and problem behavior; however the role of family variables has not yet been evaluated in a systematic way. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the association between (a) variables within the family system (i.e. relationship discord, social isolation, parental depression, and elevated parental stress) and (b) quality of life and problem behavior. One hundred and one mothers of 2-8 year old children with ASD participated. Assessment of problem behavior, quality of life, maternal depression, relationship discord, parental stress, and social support was conducted. Bivariate correlations and multiple regression analyses were used to evaluate the association among these variables. Relationship discord, maternal depression, and parental stress were associated with (a) high levels of problem behavior in young children with ASDs and (b) poor quality of life for both the child and the family. The role of the family in ASDs and implications for future intervention research is discussed. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Psychology, Clinical -- Psychology, Behavioral en_US
dc.subject.other autism, family, problem behavior, quality of life en_US
dc.title Family Predictors of Quality of Life and Child Problem Behavior in Families of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember K. Daniel O'Leary en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Everett Waters en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Shana Nichols. en_US

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