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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