TITLE

Comparative Study on Self-perceived Health of Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Parents of Non-disabled Children in Croatia

AUTHOR(S)
Benjak, Tomislav; Mavrinac, Gorka Vuletić; Šimetin, Ivana Pavić
PUB. DATE
August 2009
SOURCE
Croatian Medical Journal;Aug2009, Vol. 50 Issue 4, p403
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Aim To assess self-perceived health of parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in comparison with those of parents of non-disabled children. Methods A total of 350 parents participated in the study: 178 parents of children with ASD (71% response rate) and 172 parents of non-disabled children matched by age, education, and place of living. Parents' self-perceived health was assessed using the Croatian version of the health status questionnaire SF-36, while socio-demographic information, chronic medical conditions, and needs were assessed by a general questionnaire. Results For all dimensions of health, except physical health, parents of children with ASD had significantly poorer self-perceived health and reported significantly more deteriorated health in the last year than the control group (P < 0.001). They also reported more psychological disorders (11% vs 4.3%), which was the largest difference in specified chronic medical conditions. Hundred twenty six (71%) parents of children with ASD thought that enhancing different policy measures (economic, social, educational) could advance their and their children's health and well-being. Conclusion Parents of children with ASD had poorer health than the control group in all components, except physical health. Because parents are the main providers of support for children with ASD, preserving parents' good health and well-being is a precondition for an optimal care for children. Therefore, current system for treating children with ASD in Croatia should also include permanent improvement of parents' health and well-being.
ACCESSION #
44231856

 

Related Articles

  • This is Steve's story.  // Athens News;3/9/2015, Special section p12 

    Thea article discusses the life of Steve as he copes with seizures and life with autism spectrum, the support he has received from his circle of friends and family and the gradual improvement in his health and general well being which he has managed to achieve.

  • Therapies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Fogleman, Corey D. // American Family Physician;5/1/2012, Vol. 85 Issue 9, p878 

    The article discusses the efficiency, advantages and dangers of treatments used to deal with main and related signs of autism spectrum disorders in children two to 12 years old. It is discovered that the Lovaas model of applied behavior analysis is the only behavioral intervention to indicate...

  • Autism spectrum disorders and employment. Oppert, Christopher // ACTCOSS Update;2012, Issue 57, p4 

    The article discusses the condition of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and issues concerning employment for people with ASD. It highlights the author's experience working with peoples with an ASD to obtain and maintain employment. It mentions the...

  • PREPARING ADULTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS FOR EMPLOYMENT. Cullum, Princess M.; Ennis-Cole, Demetria // Online Journal for Workforce Education & Development;Spring2014, Vol. 7 Issue 1, preceding p1 

    The article presents a study that evaluates the preparation of adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for employment. The study was conducted through the use of semi-structured interview aimed to explore the employment preparation and the use of needed technology for the employment of same....

  • Pathways to Culturally Responsive Service Delivery Through Technology. Martinez, Silvia; Bridges-Bond, Sheila // Perspectives on Communication Disorders & Sciences in Culturally;Dec2012, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p69 

    An introduction is presented which discusses various reports within the issue on topics including technologies available and their application in speech-language pathology, telepractice, and parental perceptions in using augmentative and alternative communication technology with children...

  • Current Policies Impacting People with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Long, Leslie // Exceptional Parent;Jul2009, Vol. 39 Issue 7, p62 

    The article offers information on presents policies that has impacted the lives of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the U.S. It mentions that the federal government has given health insurance benefits to such people through their Medicaid and affordable housing options. It relates...

  • Differently Abled.  // Southasia;Oct2015, Vol. 19 Issue 10, p11 

    The article reports on the plan of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to hire children with autism spectrum disorder in the garment sector of Bangladesh to help them become useful citizens of society.

  • Factors Affecting Age at Initial Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis in a National Survey. Rosenberg, Rebecca E.; Landa, Rebecca; Law, J. Kiely; Stuart, Elizabeth A.; Law, Paul A. // Autism Research & Treatment;2011, p1 

    Entry into early intervention depends on both age of first parent concern (AOC) and age at initial autism spectrumdisorder (ASD) diagnosis (AOD). Using data collected from a national online registry from 6214 children diagnosed with an ASD between 1994 and 2010 in the US, we analyzed the effect...

  • (MENTAL HEALTH) Autism Group Offers Grants up to $25K.  // Community Health Funding Week;3/19/2010, p22 

    The article reports that Autism Speaks has invited grant applications that promote services to improve the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders. These Family Service Community Grants are focused on innovative, collaborative proposals that serve to increase services for...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of VIRGINIA BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY AND SYSTEM

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics