|With the rates of autism growing over the past couple of years, many services, support groups and advocacy organizations have surfaced to assist parents of children with autism. Parents have many different ways of coping with the stress that often comes along with raising a child with autism. The goal of the current research is to assess the different coping methods used by parents of children of autism and to examine the associations that they may have with each other as well as stress and well being in parents. |
First, you will be asked some general questions about yourself and your child. Then you will be asked some questions about different coping strategies that you may or may not use in dealing with the stress that comes with raising an autistic child. Then you will be asked to answer some questions about the feelings you have, associated with raising an autistic child. Finally you will be asked 5 questions about your involvement in autism advocacy groups. There are no known risks involved in participating in this study. Your participation is voluntary and you may skip any question that you do not want to answer. Your responses are confidential; they will be coded by number and combined with the results of the other participants in the analysis of the results. It is our hope that this information could add to the research on adaptive and effective coping strategies used in parents of children with autism.
Please do not begin the survey if you are not a parent of a child with autism. The questionnaire should take about 10 minutes to complete. Upon completing the questionnaire, we ask that if you know any other parent of a child with autism who may be willing to fill out this questionnaire that you email them the link of this survey. (www.psychsurveys.org/sb/coping)
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