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A Comparative Study of Stress Profiles in Mothers of Children with Autism and those of Children with Down's Syndrome

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Background 

The purpose of the present study was to determine the stress in mothers whose children have autism and to compare it with the stress in mothers whose children have Down's syndrome. Method 

Fifty mothers whose children had autism (n = 25) or Down's syndrome (n = 25) completed the Questionnaire on Resources and Stress (QRS) and answered some demographic questions. Results 

The mothers of children with autism presented higher stress levels on seven of the 15 scales of the QRS. Conclusion 

The results are discussed in the context of the unsatisfactory care system for children with autism in Poland.
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Keywords: Down's syndrome; autism; developmental disability; parental stress; stress profiles

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2007

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