Volume No. :   8

Issue No. :  1

Year :  2018

ISSN Print :  2231-1149

ISSN Online :  2349-2996


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Family Resilience and Perceived Social Support among care givers of Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder



Address:   Meenakshi1, Bharat Pareek2, Rupinder Kaur3
1MSc Nursing Student, Saraswati Nursing Institute, Punjab
2Associate Professor, Saraswati Nursing Institute, Punjab
3Lecturer, Saraswati Nursing Institute, Punjab
*Corresponding Author
DOI No: 10.5958/2349-2996.2018.00012.5

ABSTRACT:
Background: Family resilience is the successful coping of family members under adversity that enables them to flourish with warmth, support, and cohesion. The presence of an autistic child in the family may have adverse effects on various domains of family life. Social support is an important resource in alleviating the difficulties. Aim: The aim of study was to assess family resilience and perceived social support among families of children with autistic spectrum disorder. Material and methods: Non experimental approach was adopted where interview schedule was used to collect data from 61 care givers of children with autistic spectrum disorder visiting RCHC (Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped Children) PRAYAAS at Chandigarh. A purposive sampling technique was used to select the subjects. Results: Overall resilience and perceived social support among families were good with mean ± SD score of 238 ± 17.40 for family resilience and 72.15 ± 13.95 for perceived social support respectively. Component wise resilience among families were “optimism” (Moral Compass (79.23%), Faith and Spirituality (77.21%), Humor/ Entertainment (82.56%), Having a Role Model (83.01%), Social Support (72.32%), Facing Fear (82.39%), Meaning in Life (81.37%), and Training (74.69%). Positive correlation (r=0.30) was observed between family resilience and social support of families of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Family resilience was significantly associated with the functional disabilities of children (P<0.018), whereas social support found significantly associated with family income, and drug used by mother in antenatal period (P=0.05). Conclusion: Overall resilience and perceived social support was good among families of children with autistic spectrum disorder.
KEYWORDS:
Family resilience, social support, children, care giver, Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
Cite:
Meenakshi, Bharat Pareek, Rupinder Kaur. Family Resilience and Perceived Social Support among care givers of Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Asian J. Nursing Education and Research. 2018; 8(1): 51-56.
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