Autism Parenting Stress Index
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About Autism Parenting Stress Index
Autism Parenting Stress Index (APSI) is developed by Silva, L. M. T., & Schalock, M. The core aim of APSI is a unique measure of parenting stress specific to the core and co-morbid symptoms of autism.
Stress among parents of children with autism has been found to be particularly high. Core symptoms, as well as co-morbid behavioral and physical problems, have been found to affect parents’ stress levels. The Autism Parenting Stress Index was designed for clinical use to identify areas where parents need support with parenting skills and to assess the effect of the intervention on parenting stress.
The Autism Parenting Stress Index was developed following many interviews of parents of children with autism. The Items fall into three categories: the core social disability, difficult-to-manage behavior, and physical issues. Items are rated as being ‘Not stressful’, ‘Sometimes creates stress’, ‘Often creates stress’, ‘Very stressful on a daily basis’, to ‘So stressful that sometimes we feel we cannot cope.’ The Autism Parenting Stress Index indicates how much stress parents are experiencing and what factors are causing this stress.
The overall Autism Parenting Stress Index (APSI) scale score demonstrates acceptable internal consistency and test-retest stability for parents of children with autism and other developmental disabilities (Silva & Schalock, 2012).
- Silva, L. M. T., & Schalock, M. (2012). Autism parenting stress index: Initial psychometric evidence. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42, 566-574.
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