Resilience in Families of Children With Autism and Sleep Problems Using Mixed Methods.

Authors: Roberts, C.A., Hunter, J. & Cheng, A.L.

Source: J Pediatr Nurs. 2017 Sep 12. pii: S0882-5963(16)30357-8. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2017.08.030

PURPOSE:

About 80% of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have sleep problems that may disrupt optimal family functioning. We explored the impact of sleep problems on families’ resilience.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

An explanatory sequential mixed methods design was used to discern whether resilience differed between families whose children with ASD have or do not have sleep problems, to seek predictors for family hardiness/resilience, and to determine whether narrative findings support, expand, or conflict quantitative findings.

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