Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 225--232

Stress and coping styles in mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder


Nivedhitha Selvakumar1, Anuja S Panicker2 
1 Department of Psychiatry, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (PSGIMSR), Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Anuja S Panicker
Department of Psychiatry, PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Peelamedu, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu - 641 004
India

Background: Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) require well-balanced care and a comprehensive therapeutic approach. Mental health problems often go unnoticed in mothers of children with ASD due to the focus on training for the children. The presence of stress and depressive symptoms in mothers can interfere with the quality of care and therapy given to the child. The present study aimed to assess the quality of life, coping styles, and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress in mothers of children with ASD. Methods: This study recruited thirty mothers of children with ASD, to whom Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS 21), WHO Quality of Life Scale (WHOQOL-BREF), and COPE Inventory were administered. Results: Results indicated the presence of depressive and anxiety symptoms and impaired quality of life among the mothers. Despite this, they exhibited positive coping styles. Conclusion: As part of a comprehensive intervention for children with ASD, there is also a need to address the psychological distress and coping styles of mothers.


How to cite this article:
Selvakumar N, Panicker AS. Stress and coping styles in mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder.Indian J Psychol Med 2020;42:225-232


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Selvakumar N, Panicker AS. Stress and coping styles in mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder. Indian J Psychol Med [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 May 28 ];42:225-232
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