Self-Assessed Health in Caregivers of Persons With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Associations With Depressive Symptoms, Positive Cognitions, Resourcefulness, and Well-Being

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Abstract

PURPOSE:

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.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

This study is a secondary analysis of 109 ASD caregivers who were recruited from the Interactive ASD Network.

FINDINGS:

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.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

Interventions to enhance caregivers' positive cognitions, resourcefulness, and well-being are recommended.

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