Publication Date

Spring 4-28-2010


College of Arts and Sciences


Psychology: Child/Adolescent Development

Primary Subject Area

Psychology, Developmental; Psychology, Behavioral; Psychology, General; Education, Early Childhood; Education, Educational Psychology; Health Sciences, Human Development


Autism, Development, Stress, Parents


Child Psychology | Special Education and Teaching


Being a parent means taking on both the joys and struggles that come with it. When a parent discovers that his or her child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the level of stress changes. It could be helpful to discover the severity of change that the stresses involved in parenting a child with ASD brings to the parent/child relationship and what effect this has on a child’s physical, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual development. To attempt to answer these questions, six parents were interviewed. Findings suggested that structure in daily living improves the quality of the child/parent relationship as well as stress relief to the parent.