South African families raising children with autism spectrum disorders : relationship between family routines, cognitive appraisal and family quality of life

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dc.contributor.author Schlebusch, Liezl
dc.contributor.author Samuels, Alecia
dc.contributor.author Dada, Shakila
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-24T07:51:08Z
dc.date.issued 2016-05
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND : The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between family routines, cognitive appraisal of the impact of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) on the family and family quality of life (FQOL) in families raising children with ASD in South Africa. METHODS : A sample of 180 families of young children with ASD who were receiving disabilityrelated services in the Gauteng province of South Africa completed a self-administered survey. Structural equation modelling was used to examine the direct relationship between the regularity of family routines and FQOL, and the mediating effect of cognitive appraisal on this relationship. RESULTS : The results suggested a direct, positive relationship between the regularity of family routines and families‟ satisfaction with their FQOL. Furthermore, cognitive appraisal of the impact of ASD on the family mediated this relationship in a partial manner. CONCLUSION : A higher frequency of regular family routines was strongly associated with a higher satisfaction level of FQOL. Also, cognitive appraisal of the impact of ASD acted as a mechanism through which the regularity of family routines influenced FQOL. We discuss the research and clinical implications of these findings. en_ZA
dc.description.department Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2018-05-31
dc.description.librarian hb2016 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The National Research Foundation and the University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1365-2788 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Schlebusch, L, Samuels, A & Dada, S 2016, 'South African families raising children with autism spectrum disorders : relationship between family routines, cognitive appraisal and family quality of life', Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, vol. 60, no. 5, pp. 412-423. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0964-2633 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1365-2788 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1111/jir.12292
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/53390
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Wiley en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016 MENCAP and International Association of the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article : South African families raising children with autism spectrum disorders : relationship between family routines, cognitive appraisal and family quality of life, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, vol. 60, no. 5, pp.412-423, 2016. doi : 10.1111/jir.12292. The definite version is available at : http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1365-2788. en_ZA
dc.subject Cognitive appraisal en_ZA
dc.subject Family routines en_ZA
dc.subject Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) en_ZA
dc.subject Family quality of life (FQOL) en_ZA
dc.title South African families raising children with autism spectrum disorders : relationship between family routines, cognitive appraisal and family quality of life en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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