Perception of spousal support among parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder


  • H. Berel
  • M. Gay
  • S. Boukobza


Background : Brobst et al (2009) show no difference on spousal support between parents of children with ASD and couples whose children do not have neurodeveloppmental disorder. . However, findings are conflicting about the influence of children behaviour problems on couple’s relationship : perceived spousal support and some children’s behaviour problems are negatively related in Brobst research (Brobst al., 2009), perceived spousal support and some children behaviour problems are positively related : parents are more supportive with each other but they are less satisfied with their marital life (Bérel et Gay, 2016) Aim : Better understand the influence of child’s behaviour problems on parents marital life. Hypothesis : Some behaviour problems will be positively related to perceived spousal support. Method : N= 40 couples : 20 couples of parents whose children have ASD and 20 couples of parents with healthy children Materials : Semi-structured interview and questionnaires : Spousal support (QSC, Brassard et Lussier,2011). Marital Satisfaction : (RDAS, Dean et al, 1995), Social support (SSQ-6, Sarason, et al., 1983) ; Child Behaviour (GECEN, Tassé, Girouard et Morin, 1999). Expected Results : A negative relationship between Perceived spousal support and marital satisfaction in parents with ASD children, mediated by the children ‘s behaviour problems Discussion : This study may show the mechanism of Autism Spectrum Disorder on marital dysatisfaction and lead to develop early help to improve their well-being and the well-being of their children.





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