The Relationship between Selected Factors and Psychological Well-being among Caregivers of Children with Autism in the Eastern Thailand

Authors

  • Dallas, C. J, Kaewmart N, Poonnotok P, Koedbangkham J, Lakthong S Ponpinij P

Keywords:

Caregiver of children with ASD, Psychological well-being, Caregiver burden perception, Optimism, Social support

Abstract

Background: Caring of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects caregivers both physically, mentally, and socially. The ASD caregiver’s well-being should be concerned by society.

Objective: The purpose of this descriptive correlational research was to examine the relationship between psychological well-being and selected factors among caregivers of ASD in the Eastern Thailand.

Method: The samples consisted of 135 caregivers of ASD. The purposive sampling was used to select the samples. The instruments included five questionnaires: 1) the demographic data 2) the psychological well-being questionnaires 3) burden questionnaires 4) the life orientation test and 5) personal resource.
The Cronbach’s alpha coefficient of second to fifth questionnaires were 0.89, 0.96, 0.92 and 0.94 respectively. Data were analyzed using percentage, mean, standard deviation, and Pearson’s product moment correlation coefficient.

Result: The results showed that psychological well-being of caregiver of ASD were in middle range (65.82 ±15.23). Factors related with psychological well-being of caregiver of ASD were perceived burden, optimism, and social support (r = -.59, r = .54 และ r = .53, p < .001 respectively). Perceived burden had negatively related to psychological well-being, while optimism and social support had positively related to psychological well-being.

Conclusion: The findings indicated that health care providers should concern about enhancing psychological well-being by strengthening optimism and social support. Burden should be relieved to promote quality of life in caregivers of children with autism.

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01-09-2020

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จิณห์จุฑา ชัยเสนา ดาลลาส ปร.ด, นุชนาถ แก้วมาตร ศษ.ม, พิชามญชุ์ ปุณโณทก ปร.ด, จันทนา เกิดบางแขม ปร.ด, สาวิตรี หลักทอง ปร.ด, ปณิชา พลพินิจ ปร.ด. The Relationship between Selected Factors and Psychological Well-being among Caregivers of Children with Autism in the Eastern Thailand. j dept med ser [Internet]. 2020 Sep. 1 [cited 2022 Aug. 14];45(2):31-7. Available from: https://he02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JDMS/article/view/245392

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