Emotion Regulation Strategies in Preschoolers with Autism: Associations with Parent Quality of Life and Family Functioning.

TitleEmotion Regulation Strategies in Preschoolers with Autism: Associations with Parent Quality of Life and Family Functioning.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsNuske, HJoy, Hedley, D, Tseng, CHsiang, Begeer, S, Dissanayake, C
JournalJ Autism Dev Disord
Volume48
Issue4
Pagination1287-1300
Date Published2018 Apr
ISSN1573-3432
Abstract

Children with autism experience challenges with emotion regulation. It is unclear how children's management of their emotions is associated with their family's quality of life. Forty-three preschoolers with autism and 28 typically developing preschoolers were coded on emotion regulation strategies used during low-level stress tasks. Parents reported on their quality of life and family functioning, and their child's internalizing and externalizing behaviors. More externalizing behaviors across groups and use of two emotion regulation strategies (self-soothing, deep exhalation) in the autism group predicted lower family quality of life. Findings suggest that children's emotional outbursts and reduced use of passive comforting strategies are linked to lower family quality of life.

DOI10.1007/s10803-017-3391-y
Alternate JournalJ Autism Dev Disord
PubMed ID29192379
Grant ListN/A / / Pierce Armstrong Foundation /