Predictors of health-related quality of life in chinese caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders: A cross-sectional study

Binbin Ji, Isabella Zhao, Catherine Turner, Mei Sun, Rongfang Yi, Siyuan Tang

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify the predictors of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in China. Two hundred and seventy-three caregivers were surveyed using questionnaires on HRQOL, family functioning, coping style, social support, and caregiver burden. Besides socio-demographic characteristics of children with ASD and their caregivers, results demonstrate that family functioning, coping style, social support, caregiver burden are predictors of HRQOL in caregivers of children with ASD, and these predictors correlated with each other. These results indicate that comprehensive intervention, which focuses on improving caregivers' coping strategies, social support (especially from family members and friends) and family functioning, and on releasing caregiver burden, should be provided to caregivers of children with ASD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-332
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Psychiatric Nursing
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes

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