Quality of life in families of young children with autism spectrum disorder

Catherine Mello, Mélina Rivard, Amélie Terroux, Céline Mercier

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The present study investigated family quality of life (FQOL) as experienced by 493 mothers and fathers (295 families) of young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) prior to receiving early intervention services in the province of Québec. These families were most satisfied with their physical and material well-being and least satisfied with their family interactions. Children’s level of functioning across various standardized and subjective measures were positively associated with parents’ FQOL. In both parents, family characteristics associated with financial and personal resources were also linked to FQOL. The child’s age and the number of children were associated with mothers’ FQOL. Overall, these findings provide a portrait of ASD-related stressors and resources relevant to both parents during the early childhood period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-548
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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