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Mandatory Fields
Fitzgerald, B., McCusker, C., Dempsey, M. & Dunn-Galvin, A.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Family functioning and the emotional and behavioural well-being of children and youth with autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review of prospective studies.
Optional Fields
autism; well-being; family; prospective
Emotional and behavioural difficulties including depression, anxiety, and hyperactivity are elevated in autistic children (AC). Family processes are associated with these difficulties, but the direction of influence is uncertain. We searched seven bibliographic databases for prospective, quantitative studies on the impact of family processes of a psychological nature on the later well-being of AC, across a minimum of six months. Eligible studies were extracted following PRISMA guidelines and narratively synthesised. Seventeen studies were reviewed. Sixteen studies found predictive effects for at least one family process on later well-being. Parenting stress and aspects of the parent-child relationship yielded most robust associations. Weaker support was found for parent mental health. Clinical and research implications are discussed
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