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J Autism Dev Disord. 2010 Dec;40(12):1485-94. doi: 10.1007/s10803-010-1001-3.

Sense of coherence and coping with stress among mothers and fathers of children with autism.

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Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw, Stawki Str. 5/7, Warsaw, Poland.


The purpose of the study was to compare the level of sense of coherence (SOC) in parents of children with autism and in parents of typically developing children, and to examine the association between SOC level and coping strategies. Two questionnaires were used: Sense of Coherence Scale (SOC-29) and Ways of Coping Questionnaire. Parents of children with autism had a lower level of the total SOC, meaningfulness, and manageability compared with controls, and used escape-avoidance coping more often. No differences in SOC level were found between mothers and fathers. In parents of children with autism the SOC level was positively associated with seeking social support and self-controlling, and negatively with accepting responsibility and positive reappraisal.

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