Optimism May Buffer Against Stress of Parenting Autistic Kids

Mothers of teenagers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or intellectual disability (ID) report higher levels of stress and other mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety, than mothers of typically developing teens, according to a new study published online in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

The findings show that stress levels were highest among moms whose teens also show signs of clinical-level disruptive behavior disorders in addition to ASD and/or ID.

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