The nature of benefit finding in parents of a child with Asperger syndrome

Christina Samios, Kenneth I. Pakenham*, Kate Sofronoff

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Abstract

The present study examined the nature of benefit finding in 220 parents of a child with Asperger syndrome (AS) by developing and validating a multi-item Benefit Finding Scale for Parents of Children with AS (BFS-PCAS) and examining the relationships of benefit finding dimensions with positive and negative indicators of adjustment. Parents of children with AS completed questionnaires at Time 1 and 12 months later (Time 2). Exploratory factor analyses identified six benefit finding factors that were moderately inter-correlated: New Possibilities, Growth in Character, Appreciation, Spiritual Growth, Positive Effects of the Child, and Greater Understanding. Cross-sectional analyses showed that benefit finding was associated with higher levels of anxiety and positive affect. Results provide support for the use of a multi-item scale to measure benefit finding and for the differential relationships of benefit finding dimensions with positive and negative indicators of adjustment. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-374
Number of pages17
JournalResearch in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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