Consistent stress profiles in mothers of children with autism

  • Robert L. Koegel
  • Laura Schreibman
  • Lauren M. Loos
  • Hanne Dirlich-Wilhelm
  • Glen Dunlap
  • Frank R. Robbins
  • Anthony J. Plienis


The present study extends the area of research on stress in parents of autistic children. In this study we used the Questionnaire on Resources and Stress (Holroyd, 1987) to compare the stress profiles across mothers (a) who lived in different cultural and geographic environments; (b) who had children of different ages; and (c) who had children with different functioning levels. Results showed a characteristic profile that was highly consistent across each of these subgroups. Major differences from the normative data occurred on scales measuring stress associated with dependency and management, cognitive impairment, limits on family opportunity, and life-span care. Results suggest the importance of developing treatment programs aimed at reducing stress in specific areas in families with autistic children.


Cognitive Impairment Treatment Program Normative Data Specific Area Functioning Level 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert L. Koegel
    • 1
  • Laura Schreibman
    • 2
  • Lauren M. Loos
    • 2
  • Hanne Dirlich-Wilhelm
    • 3
  • Glen Dunlap
    • 4
  • Frank R. Robbins
    • 4
  • Anthony J. Plienis
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta Barbara
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaSan Diego
  3. 3.University of MunichMunichGermany
  4. 4.Florida Mental Health InstituteUniversity of South FloridaFloridaUSA

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