Is there a bidirectional relationship between maternal well-being and child problem behaviors in autism spectrum disorders?:longitudinal analysis of a population-defined sample of young children

Totsika, Vasiliki and Hastings, Richard and Emerson, Eric and Lancaster, Gillian and Berridge, Damon and Vagenas, Dimitrios (2013) Is there a bidirectional relationship between maternal well-being and child problem behaviors in autism spectrum disorders?:longitudinal analysis of a population-defined sample of young children. Autism Research, 6 (3). pp. 201-211. ISSN 1939-3792

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine whether the relationship between maternal psychological well-being and behavior problems in children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is bidirectional. Data were available at 9 months, 3 years, and 5 years old for 132 children with ASD, identified from a population-representative sample of UK children. Three-wave cross-lagged models examined reciprocal effects between child behavior and maternal well-being (psychological distress, physical health functioning, and life satisfaction). Results indicated that the relationships between maternal well-being and child problem behaviors were not bidirectional. Specifically, findings suggested that while early behavior problems are not a risk factor for later maternal well-being, maternal psychological distress, physical health limitations, and lower life satisfaction are risk factors for later child behavior problems.

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Journal Article
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Autism Research
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70126
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29 Jul 2014 08:42
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Yes
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