Comparing Fathers’ and Mothers’ Perspectives About Their Child’s Autism Spectrum Disorder

Stacey C. Grebe, Sarah S. Mire, Hanjoe Kim, Milena A. Keller-Margulis

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Mothers are often the primary parent participants in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research. As a result, little is known about fathers’ perceptions regarding their children’s ASD and whether these perceptions differ from mothers’. Given the limited information available regarding fathers’ perceptions about their children’s ASD, this study aimed to investigate father variables (stress, coping, support, and perception of disability) and how they compare to mothers’. Participants were 361 biological parents (294 mothers and 67 fathers) of children on the autism spectrum who participated in a larger study. Results revealed significant differences between mothers' and fathers’ self-reported stress and coping. Understanding differences between parents’ perspectives has both research and clinical implications for working with families raising children on the autism spectrum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1841-1854
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Apr

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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