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In-the-moment experiences of mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder: A comparison by household status and region of residence

McAuliffe, T., Cordier, R., Chen, Y-W., Vaz, S., Thomas, Yvonne ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9403-0280 and Falkmer, T. (2020) In-the-moment experiences of mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder: A comparison by household status and region of residence. Disability and Rehabilitation. ISSN 0963-8288 (print) 1464-5165 (eISSN) (In Press)

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Purpose: This study compared the in-the-moment experiences among mothers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) by their household status (i.e., single versus coupled) and region of residence (i.e., regional versus major city area).
Methods: An experience sampling method was employed to collect data, and a total of 40 mothers used an iOS device to record activity types and in-the-moment experiences for one week during school term. Mann-Whitney U test and multilevel analysis were conducted to compare the experiences of these mothers.
Results: The analyses found the following results: 1) mothers spent most time in childcare and least time in self-care activities; 2) coupled mothers were more likely to feel supported; 3) coupled mothers were less likely to feel supported in domestic tasks; 4) mothers from major city were more likely to feel challenged in self-care activity; and 5) mothers from major city were more likely to feel supported in productivity tasks.
Conclusion: Limited but significant differences between single and coupled mothers, as well as mothers from regional and major city areas, were found. Future research direction and service provisions were suggested.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: autism spectrum disorders, caregiver, ecological momentary assessment, everyday experience, lone mothers, mothers of children with disability, real-life experience, time-use
Subjects: R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Yvonne Thomas
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2020 10:44
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2020 13:33
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/9512

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