Life satisfaction in parenting children with autism spectrum disorder: A study from an urban setting in India

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Authors: Priya Kapoor, Piyush Sone, and Harshada Barve
Page Range: 23-30
Published in: International Journal on Disability and Human Development, Volume 23 Issue 1
ISSN: 2191-1231

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ABSTRACT

Life satisfaction for parents depends on the well-being of their child in his/her growing phase. Parents of children with communication disabilities and chronic disabilities face significant challenges in child-rearing as they expect their children to function and grow as per the biopsychosocial norms. The present study aimed to explore life satisfaction in parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and to compare the domains of life satisfaction of parents of children with and without ASD. Twenty parents of children with ASD and 20 parents of children without ASD participated in the study. Their children were in the age range of 3-6 years. A Life Satisfaction scale was administered to the participants and their scores evaluated and compared. A lower level of life satisfaction was observed among parents of children with ASD as compared to parents of children without ASD. A significant difference was also observed in the economic and health domains of the Life Satisfaction scale. Communication and behavioural disability in children with ASD require lifelong care and support; this situation affects the mental and physical well-being of parents. It is important to evaluate parents’ life satisfaction and note the factors that influence it, as it impacts the rehabilitation of their child and the well-being of both parents and child. This has not been well-investigated in heterogeneous multi-cultural scenarios.

Keywords: Life satisfaction, parenting, personal satisfaction, mental health, India

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