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Perceptions of Families of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder during the COVID-19 Crisis.


ABSTRACT: Caring for an individual with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in ideal circumstances can be stressful, and the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic created a high degree of disruption to life and stress to families living with an individual with ASD. We conducted an online survey of families in Michigan that revealed higher levels of stress in caregivers of younger individuals with ASD and those with greater severity of ASD symptoms. Stress around therapeutic service disruption, finances, and illness predominated and greater stress was reported for caregivers of individuals receiving greater intensity of services pre-COVID-19. Respondents voiced concerns about receiving respite care during COVID-19, and those expressing interest in respite also reported greater symptom severity in the person with ASD.

SUBMITTER: Manning J 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC7578441 | BioStudies | 2020-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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