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Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
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Caregiving for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can affect family caregivers' self-assessed health. The purpose of this study was to determine whether depressive symptoms, positive cognitions, resourcefulness, and well-being will differ significantly among those who rated their health as fair, good, or excellent.
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This study is a secondary analysis of 109 ASD caregivers who were recruited from the Interactive ASD Network.
Depression was significantly lower among those who rated their health as excellent than among those who rated their health as fair. Positive cognitions, resourcefulness, and well-being were significantly higher among those who rated their health as excellent than among those who rated their health as fair.
Interventions to enhance caregivers' positive cognitions, resourcefulness, and well-being are recommended.
Bekhet, Abir K., "Self-assessed Health in Caregivers of Persons with Autism: Associations with Depressive Symptoms, Positive Cognitions, Resourcefulness, and Well-Being" (2014). College of Nursing Faculty Research and Publications. 293.
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