This study was designed to investigate religiosity, parental well- being, stressors in raising a child with autism, and acceptance of the disorder. Previous research states that religiosity can buffer the effects of stressors on well-being (Friedrich et al., 1988), and provide support and peace of mind (Tarakeshwar and Pargament, 2001). Parents of children with autism (n = 177) participated by completing an Internet-based questionnaire. Results revealed correlations between most of the variables, and the association between stress and well-being was stronger for parents with lower religiosity. Implications for parents and religious organizations and directions for future research are discussed.
Author(s): Stacy E. White
Journal: Religion, Disability & Health
Disabilities: Autism Spectrum Disorders