Autism spectrum disorder in Latin American families: Experiences in Chile

Fam Syst Health. 2018 Jun;36(2):169-174. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000340.


Introduction: The present study provides pilot data investigating relationships between severity of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) traits, community supports, and other family variables as reported by caregivers of children with ASD in Chile.

Method: An anonymous caregiver survey was developed based on previous ASD survey studies conducted in the United States and direct input from collaborators residing in Chile. Participants included Chilean caregivers of individuals with ASD (N = 50; Mchild age = 6.98). The survey addressed topics regarding the child's ASD traits, the caregiver's beliefs and perceptions of ASD, and community supports and engagement.

Results: Correlational analyses indicated associations between ASD traits, physician support, family stress, stigma, and community engagement.

Discussion: Results from this study highlight the importance of future research to better understand and treat Latin American children with ASD and their families. (PsycINFO Database Record

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / complications*
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / psychology
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Chile
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Quality of Health Care / standards*
  • Social Stigma
  • Surveys and Questionnaires