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Fathers of children with autism spectrum disorder : Their perceptions of paternal role a predictor of caregiving satisfaction, self-efficacy and burden

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  • Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. - 2021, vol. 83, p. 101744
English Background: The positive effect of a father’s involvement in children’s upbringing is now recognised. However, research on fathers raising children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are still few. This study examines the relationship between the perception, fathers of children with ASD have of the importance of their role in the development of their children and the feelings (selfefficacy, caregiving burden, satisfaction) they express about their parenting experience. Method: Sixty-three Swiss Italian fathers of children with ASD completed The Role of the Father Questionnaire (ROFQ), three sub-scales of the Caregiver Survey, a subtest of the Child Adjustment and Parent Efficacy Scale and a home-made questionnaire measuring Perceived Social Support. Results: The results from hierarchical multiple regression analyses show that the importance that fathers attach to the paternal role predicts positively their caregiving satisfaction and their feeling of self-efficacy. The children’s challenging behaviours predict positively the caregiving burden whereas the assessment of social support predicts it negatively. Conclusions: The perception of the importance of the paternal role needs to be considered in the support offered to families with a child with ASD. A better understanding of the fathers’ feelings could be of value for the programmes.
Faculté des lettres et des sciences humaines
Département de Pédagogie spécialisée
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Special education
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