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Quality of life in families of children with autism: a comparison with families of children who do not have autism

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dc.contributor.author Church, Heather
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-15T17:58:23Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-15T17:58:23Z
dc.date.copyright 2006 en
dc.date.issued 2010-03-15T17:58:23Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/2358
dc.description.abstract Using a mixed-method, this study examined the quality of life in families of children with autism in comparison with families of children who do not have autism. Participants consisted of parents of 17 children with Autism aged 6 to 12 years old and parents of 17 children who did not have Autism. The former group was recruited through intervention programs for children with Autism and their families in British Columbia, as well as Ontario. Among the families of children with autism. the incidence ratio of male to female children (4:1 to 5:1, based on DSM-IV, APA, 2000) is reflected by the number of families had male versus female children with autism. The latter were recruited through letters sent home with children from their schools and local after-school care programs in Victoria, B.C. Participants completed a survey package consisting of: the Quality of Life Inventory (QofLl), Family Environment Scale (FES), Family Support Scale (FSS). Child Behavior Checklist and a demographics questionnaire. Parents of children with autism also completed a questionnaire detailing the interventions their child has received and their degree of satisfaction with these interventions. Qualitative open-ended responses were also completed by all participants. The quantitative results reflected few significant group differences. Families of children who do not have Autism reported statistically significant greater satisfaction with their neighbourhoods and communities and annual household income than did families of children with Autism. Within families of children with Autism, those with higher annual household incomes had access to more interventions and of longer durations. They also reported shorter waiting periods to access such programs than did those with lower household incomes. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject autism in children en
dc.subject autistic children en
dc.subject family relationships en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Education::Educational psychology en
dc.title Quality of life in families of children with autism: a comparison with families of children who do not have autism en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Dyson, Lily Li-Chu
dc.degree.department Dept. of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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