The impact of child symptom severity and stress on school satisfaction among parents of children with autism spectrum disorders

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Erica Lynn Nesbit (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Candace Boan-Lenzo

Abstract: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) consist of a continuum of disorders that are increasing in prevalence (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012). This study used the variables of parenting stress and autism symptom severity to try to predict parent satisfaction with their child’s classroom and educational team. Participants in this study were 97 parents/guardians of children with ASD who completed a series of surveys including: a demographics form, a scale to measure autism severity, a parenting stress scale, and a survey measuring the parent’s satisfaction with their child’s classroom and education team. In this study, autism symptom severity and parent stress when combined were not significant predictors of parent satisfaction with their child’s classroom or his or her education team. There was a small correlation between parent stress and parent satisfaction with their child’s classroom. It is possible that this study was limited by the low scores on the autism symptom severity measure, suggesting that either the tool did not adequately measure autism symptom severity or the sample included parents of children who had less severe presentation of autism than in other studies. The study supported a link between autism symptom severity and parent stress. Consideration of different aspects of the education of a child with an ASD is needed in order to improve the education of one of the most rapidly growing disability groups in schools.

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Language: English
Date: 2014
autism, parent satisfaction, stress
Parents of autistic children -- North Carolina -- Attitudes
Children with autism spectrum disorders -- Education -- North Carolina -- Evaluation

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