Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 48, Issue 5, pp 1640–1650 | Cite as

Predictors of Satisfaction with Life in Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Jason Landon
  • Daniel Shepherd
  • Sonja Goedeke
Original Paper


This study examined the relationships between autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptoms, care-related activities, and satisfaction with life (SWL) in 184 parents caring for a child with ASD in New Zealand. The relationships between coping styles and SWL were also examined. The parents’ SWL scores indicated they were slightly dissatisfied with their lives. A stepwise linear regression showed three predictors (care-related health problems, carer esteem and financial difficulties) explained 47% of the variance in SWL scores. Several coping styles were associated with lowered SWL, and only emotional support was related to increased SWL. The regression model provides a focus for monitoring parental wellbeing, and stresses the importance of recognition and support for the substantial responsibilities parents of children with ASD face.


Autism spectrum disorders Parents Caregiving Satisfaction with life Coping 



We thank the participants for generously giving up their time to respond to this survey. We also thank Autism New Zealand for supporting the recruitment of participants.

Author Contributions

All authors conceptualized the study. JL drafted the manuscript and DS carried out the analyses. All authors reviewed the manuscript critically, and approved the final version.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The author declares that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health & Environmental SciencesAuckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand

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