The nature of benefit finding in parents of a child with Asperger syndrome

Samios, Christina, Pakenham, Kenneth I. and Sofronoff, Kate (2009) The nature of benefit finding in parents of a child with Asperger syndrome. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3 2: 358-374. doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2008.08.003


Author Samios, Christina
Pakenham, Kenneth I.
Sofronoff, Kate
Title The nature of benefit finding in parents of a child with Asperger syndrome
Journal name Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1750-9467
Publication date 2009-04
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.rasd.2008.08.003
Volume 3
Issue 2
Start page 358
End page 374
Total pages 17
Editor Johnny L. Matson
Place of publication United States
Publisher Elsevier Inc.
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
920202 Carer Health
920401 Behaviour and Health
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Abstract The present study examined the nature of benefit finding in 220 parents of a child with Asperger syndrome (AS) by developing and validating a multi-item Benefit Finding Scale for Parents of Children with AS (BFS-PCAS) and examining the relationships of benefit finding dimensions with positive and negative indicators of adjustment. Parents of children with AS completed questionnaires at Time 1 and 12 months later (Time 2). Exploratory factor analyses identified six benefit finding factors that were moderately inter-correlated: New Possibilities, Growth in Character, Appreciation, Spiritual Growth, Positive Effects of the Child, and Greater Understanding. Cross-sectional analyses showed that benefit finding was associated with higher levels of anxiety and positive affect. Results provide support for the use of a multi-item scale to measure benefit finding and for the differential relationships of benefit finding dimensions with positive and negative indicators of adjustment.
Keyword Asperger syndrome
Benefit finding
Parenting
Meaning making
Stress and coping
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2010 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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