Current Developmental Disorders Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 116–123 | Cite as

Service Access to Reduce Parenting Stress in Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Kim DesmaraisEmail author
  • Erin Barker
  • Jean-Philippe Gouin
Autism Spectrum (A Richdale and L Lawson, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Autism Specrtum


Purpose of the Review

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are on the rise. Research has consistently shown that parents of children with ASD experience high levels of stress that impacts their health and emotional well-being.

Recent Findings

Parents of children with ASD report more stress and psychological distress than parents of children with other disabilities and typically developing children. Stressors are present throughout the child’s lifespan and are exacerbated at transition points (e.g., transition from high school to adulthood). However, support services may help alleviate parental stress.


Parents of children with ASD experience significant parenting stress that impacts their emotional and physical well-being, as well as their marital relationships. Research has identified possible interventions to help these parents cope. Future research should focus on evaluating the impact of policy change to allow existing systems to implement the recommendations in line with research findings.


Autism spectrum disorders Parenting stress Well-being Transitions Coping Caregiver burden 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kim Desmarais
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Erin Barker
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jean-Philippe Gouin
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Research in Human Development (CRDH)Concordia UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Center for Clinical Research in Health (CCRH)Concordia UniversityMontrealCanada

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