Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Intervention Helps Reduce Maternal Stress After a Child's Autism Diagnosis

The states "Parents worldwide often experience a range of emotions when their child is first diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including shock, sadness and grief, anger, and loneliness. Mothers, in particular, appear to face unique challenges that potentially have an impact on their mental health and wellbeing. This includes high levels of psychological distress, depressive symptoms, and social isolation. Almost 40% of mothers report levels of clinically significant parenting stress and between 33% and 59% report significant depressive symptoms following a diagnosis of ASD."

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