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Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2014 Jul;50(3):210-7. doi: 10.1111/ppc.12046. Epub 2013 Nov 11.

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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Marquette University College of Nursing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

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.

KEYWORDS:

Depressive symptoms; positive cognitions; resourcefulness; self-assessed health

PMID:
24206628
DOI:
10.1111/ppc.12046
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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