Title

Factors mediating dysphoric moods and help seeking behaviour among Australian parents of children with autism

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Snow, M & Donnelly, J 2016, 'Factors mediating dysphoric moods and help seeking behaviour among Australian parents of children with autism', Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, vol. 46, no. 6, pp. 1941-1952.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-016-2725-5

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

This study compared levels of state affect, dysphoric mood, and parenting sense of competence in Australian parents of children with or without autism. The effects of personality and location on the parents’ experience were also examined, while controlling for current affect. Possible relationships among personality, location factors and help-seeking behavior were also explored in parents of children with autism. Prior findings of higher dysphoric mood levels in parents of children with autism were supported, as was the positive correlation between dysphoric moods and Neuroticism levels. Parenting Sense of Competence did not differ across locations, and there were no parent type by location interactions. Access to services among parents of a child with autism did not moderate dysphoria levels.