Self-assessed health in caregivers of persons with autism spectrum disorder: associations with depressive symptoms, positive cognitions, resourcefulness, and well-being

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

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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Attitude
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Child Development Disorders, Pervasive / nursing*
  • Depression / psychology*
  • Diagnostic Self Evaluation
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personal Satisfaction