The diagnostic period for autism: Risk and protective factors for family quality of life in early childhood
During the diagnostic evaluation period for autism or intellectual disability (ID), families of young children are at risk for poor adjustment. The present study aimed to document in a large sample of families the impact of a family-centered diagnostic evaluation clinic on family quality of life (FQOL) and risk and protective factors for FQOL during the critical step of families’ care and service trajectory in which diagnostic evaluation takes place. FQOL was related to the type of services received (i.e., rated higher in the pilot clinic vs. than within the public system), children’s challenging behavior, parenting stress, and several aspects of family composition and status. These findings highlight a need for mental health support for parents, coaching interventions for challenging behaviors, and family-centered supports.
|Work Title||The diagnostic period for autism: Risk and protective factors for family quality of life in early childhood|
|License||In Copyright (Rights Reserved)|
|Publication Date||August 1, 2022|
|Deposited||February 17, 2023|
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