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Parenting stress, salivary biomarkers and ambulatory blood pressure: a comparison between mothers and fathers with Autism Spectrum disorders

Foody, Ciara, James, Jack E., Leader, Geraldine (2015) Parenting stress, salivary biomarkers and ambulatory blood pressure: a comparison between mothers and fathers with Autism Spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45 (4). pp. 1084-1095. ISSN 0162-3257. E-ISSN 1573-3432. (doi:10.1007/s10803-014-2263-y) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:49135)

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Abstract

Parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may experience higher levels of stress and health problems than parents of children with typical development. However, most research has focused on mothers, with emphasis on parent-reported stress and wellbeing. This study compared parenting responsibility, distress, anxiety, depression, cortisol, alpha-amylase, and cardiovascular activity between 19 mother-father dyads of children with ASD. Mothers reported higher parenting responsibility, distress, anxiety, and depression than fathers, while fathers had higher blood pressure and heart rate variability. Mothers and fathers had lower than average morning cortisol levels, suggesting stress effects on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis. Parents of children with ASD may benefit from routine health screening (particularly adrenal and cardiovascular function) and referral for stress reduction interventions or supports.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s10803-014-2263-y
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Ciara Padden
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2015 08:53 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:25 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/49135 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Foody, Ciara: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9789-1812
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