Michael Weinberg, Neta Gueta, Jacob Weinberg, Mays Abu Much, Ashraf Akawi, Rajech Sharkia, Muhammad Mahajnah
Parents of children with autism have significantly more parenting-stress symptoms than parents of typically developing children. Therefore, the main goal of the present study was to examine the relationship between personal and social resources among families of different cultures, in which parents are coping with the stress of raising children with autism.
Two hundred and nine (N = 209) participants, including Jewish (n = 105) and Arab (n = 104) participants, completed demographic, mastery, forgiveness, social support, and parental stress questionnaires.
The study findings demonstrated no significant differences between the groups regarding mastery, forgiveness, or social support. However, a marginally significant difference was found with regard to the age at the time of diagnosis and parental stress. Arab children were diagnosed earlier and Arab parents reported higher levels of parental stress. Hierarchical multiple regressions showed that among the Jewish sample age, education, financial situation, mastery, and social support contributed significantly to the explained variance in parental stress. Among the Arab sample, severity of autism, forgiveness, mastery, and social support contributed significantly to the explained variance in parental stress.
These findings make an important contribution to our understanding of mastery, forgiveness, and social support while helping parents cope with the stress of raising a child with autism. In addition, in multicultural countries, it is important to be aware of differences and similarities in the factors predicting parental stress.
|Weinberg, M., Gueta, N., Weinberg, J., Much, M. A., Akawi, A., Sharkia, R., & Mahajnah, M. (2021). The relationship between parental stress and mastery, forgiveness, and social support among parents of children with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 81, 101712.|