Adjustment in mothers of children with Asperger syndrome: An application of the double ABCX model of family adjustment

Kenneth I. Pakenham, C Samios, K Sofronoff

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Abstract

The present study examined the applicability of the double ABCX model of family adjustment in explaining maternal adjustment to caring for a child diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. Forty-seven mothers completed questionnaires at a university clinic while their children were participating in an anxiety intervention. The children were aged between 10 and 12 years. Results of correlations showed that each of the model components was related to one or more domains of maternal adjustment in the direction predicted, with the exception of problem-focused coping. Hierarchical regression analyses demonstrated that, after controlling for the effects of relevant demographics, stressor severity, pile-up of demands and coping were related to adjustment. Findings indicate the utility of the double ABCX model in guiding research into parental adjustment when caring for a child with Asperger syndrome. Limitations of the study and clinical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-212
Number of pages22
JournalAutism
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Pakenham, Kenneth I. ; Samios, C ; Sofronoff, K. / Adjustment in mothers of children with Asperger syndrome : An application of the double ABCX model of family adjustment. In: Autism. 2005 ; Vol. 9, No. 2. pp. 191-212.
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