The parents of grown children with autism are more likely to divorce than couples with typically developing children, according to new data from a large longitudinal study of families of adolescents and adults with autism.
“Few developmental disabilities appear to be more taxing on parents and there is a great need for support services for families when the child is an adolescent and adult.” ~ Sigan Hartley, assistant professor of human development and family studies
The study, published in the August issue of the Journal of Family Psychology by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Waisman Center, paints a new picture of the prospects of long-term marital success for parents raising a child with autism.
via Study details autism’s heavy toll beyond childhood on marriages (Aug. 3, 2010).
Very interesting study in light of Robert’s Eighty-Five post.
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