Parenting stress and resilience in parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Southeast Asia: a systematic review

Ilias, K., Cornish, K., Kummar, A.S., Park, M.S.-A. ORCID: 0000-0002-1269-6856 and Golden, K.J., 2018. Parenting stress and resilience in parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Southeast Asia: a systematic review. Frontiers in Psychology, 9: 280. ISSN 1664-1078

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Abstract

Background: This paper aimed to review the literature on the factors associated with parenting stress and resilience among parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the South East Asia (SEA) region.

Methods: An extensive search of articles in multiple online databases (PsycNET, ProQuest, PudMed, EMBASE, CINAHL, Web of Science, and Google Scholar) resulted in 28 papers that met the inclusion criteria (i.e., conducted in the SEA region, specific to ASD only, published in a peer-reviewed journal, full text in English). Studies found were conducted in the following countries: Brunei, n = 1; Indonesia, n = 2; Malaysia, n = 12; Philippines, n = 5; Singapore, n = 5, Thailand, n = 2; and Vietnam, n = 1, but none from Cambodia, East Timor, Laos, and Myanmar were identified.

Results: Across the studies, six main factors were found to be associated with parenting stress: social support, severity of autism symptoms, financial difficulty, parents' perception and understanding toward ASD, parents' anxiety and worries about their child's future, and religious beliefs. These six factors could also be categorized as either a source of parenting stress or a coping strategy/resilience mechanism that may attenuate parenting stress.

Conclusion: The findings suggest that greater support services in Western countries may underlie the cultural differences observed in the SEA region. Limitations in the current review were identified. The limited number of studies yielded from the search suggests a need for expanded research on ASD and parenting stress, coping, and resilience in the SEA region especially in Cambodia, East Timor, Laos, and Myanmar. The identified stress and resilience factors may serve as sociocultural markers for clinicians, psychologists, and other professionals to consider when supporting parents of children with ASD.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Frontiers in Psychology
Creators: Ilias, K., Cornish, K., Kummar, A.S., Park, M.S.-A. and Golden, K.J.
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Date: 9 April 2018
Volume: 9
ISSN: 1664-1078
Identifiers:
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10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00280DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 05 Apr 2019 12:58
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2019 12:58
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/36196

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