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Study details autism’s heavy toll beyond childhood on marriages

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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