Adults and children with Asperger syndrome: Exploring adult attachment style, marital satisfaction and satisfaction with parenthood

Lau, Winnie and Peterson, Candida C. (2011) Adults and children with Asperger syndrome: Exploring adult attachment style, marital satisfaction and satisfaction with parenthood. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 5 1: 392-399. doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2010.06.001


Author Lau, Winnie
Peterson, Candida C.
Title Adults and children with Asperger syndrome: Exploring adult attachment style, marital satisfaction and satisfaction with parenthood
Journal name Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1750-9467
1878-0237
Publication date 2011-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.rasd.2010.06.001
Volume 5
Issue 1
Start page 392
End page 399
Total pages 8
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Asperger syndrome (AS) is a disorder resembling autism in its problems with social interaction and cognitive flexibility. Today, a number of adults with AS marry and rear children. Yet there has been little research into the quality of their marital and parental relationships. This study explored romantic attachment style, marital satisfaction and parenthood satisfaction in 157 Australian men and women. There was a focal group 22 married adults with a clinically-confirmed AS diagnosis whose child also had AS and three neuro-typical adult control groups: (a) those whose spouse and child had AS, (b) those whose child had AS but spouse did not, and (c) those with no AS family members. Marital satisfaction was high in all four groups. Respondents who had AS themselves were predominantly insecurely avoidant in romantic attachment, in contrast to predominantly securely attachment in all other groups. Having a child with AS reduced parental (though not marital) satisfaction but there was no additional independent contribution of own or spouse's AS. Methodological and practical implications of the findings were considered. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Keyword Asperger syndrome
Marriage
Adult attachment style
Parenthood satisfaction
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 14 July 2010.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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