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Religious Coping by Mothers of Children with Autism

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Religious Coping by Mothers of Children with Autism
author
Davis, Richard Francis
abstract
Raising a child with autism can be a great source of stress and may be linked to parents’ well-being and psychological distress. As such, it is important to understand the coping strategies commonly used by parents in order to offer the necessary support to improve quality of life. Considering the prevalence of religion in the United States, religious coping strategies specifically can serve as a helpful resource grounded in an important aspect of life for many people. The present study examined the role of religious coping specifically as a predictor of parent well-being. Forty-one mothers of children with autism completed measures of parental stress, psychological well-being, and religion and spirituality. Demographic information regarding the mothers and their children with autism was also collected. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that although stress significantly predicted parent well-being, religion and spirituality did not demonstrate any associations with well-being. Furthermore, religious coping did not moderate the relationship between stress and psychological well-being. Given that the sample did not appear to be heavily involved in organized religion, future research should explicitly compare associations between religious coping and well-being among highly religious and less religious parents of children with autism.
subject
autism
coping
mothers
religious coping
contributor
Kiang, Lisa (committee chair)
Best, Deborah L (committee member)
Greene, Heath L (committee member)
Wiethaus, Ulrike (committee member)
date
2016-05-21T08:35:41Z (accessioned)
2016-05-21T08:35:41Z (available)
2016 (issued)
degree
Psychology (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/59287 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
type
Thesis

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