The Relationship between Characteristics of Parent-child and Level Fatigue of Parents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Khaula Sahida, Allenidekania Allenidekania

Abstract

Objectives: Taking care of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) impacted parent’s quality of life, such as fatigue. This study aims to determine the correlation between parent and children characteristics with the level of fatigue experienced by parents.

Methods: This study used cross-sectional analytic design. Sixty-one parents of ASD children in South Jakarta recruited by cluster random sampling participated in this study. This study used fatigue scale instrument which adapted and modified from Chalder Fatigue Scale questionnaire.

Results: Parents with Autism Spectrum Disorder Child tend to experienced fatigue, related to some factors, such as income (p=0,041; r=-0,262) and child age (p<0,001; r=-0,491).

Conclusion: This study implies that giving attention to parents and children characteristics is important to maintain fatigue experienced by parents while taking care of their children.

 

Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorders, ASD, Child Care, Fatigue, Parents

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