Perceptions of Family Problems and Pessimism Among Latina and Non-Latina White Mothers Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Kristina Lopez, Sandy Magaña

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Abstract

To address the limited research on diverse families of children with ASD, we examined the impact of ASD on 46 Latina and 56 non-Latina White mothers from a resiliency perspective. We explored perceptions of family problems, optimism and pessimism among mothers of child with ASD between 1 and 22 years old. Mothers were recruited through support groups and listservs. Univariate and multivariate analyses were conducted. Results indicated fewer perceived family problems and less pessimism about the child’s future among Latina mothers. We found maternal optimism and family cohesion were associated with perceived family problems and mother’s pessimism about the child’s future. Understanding the impact of ASD among diverse families will aid in developing appropriate services that enhances family strengths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2360-2374
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume50
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Family problems
  • Latina
  • Mothers
  • Resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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