Objectives: Stress level of families of children with autism is higher than moderate levels. Since the child with autism and the awareness of their disorders severely disappoint the parents,
problems, too much responsibility, and the attempts to improve the child's situation, which usually fail, gradually increases the feelings of depression, anger, and guilt in parents. This study compared the effects of individual and group training on general health and stress of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Methods: A number of 75 parents of children referring to Autistic Children Foundation [including 50 parents in two experimental groups and 25 parents in control group] were taken into account. Participated parents were selected through Accessible Sampling Method.
Results: In order to diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorders, questionnaires such as Goldberg-Williams', General Health, Abedin's Stress, and Gars' [Gilliam] were used; while in order to analyze the gathered data, the correlation method [comparison of pre-test and post-test means] , independent t- [comparison of control and experimental groups] and one-way covariance [a survey of effects left by individual and group training methods on parents with emphasis being laid on control and experimental groups] were used.
Mehri Pourhidar ,Asghar Dadkhah ,
The Effects of Individual and Group Training on General Health and Stress of Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders,
Iran. Rehabil. J. 2015;
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