Relationship between Emotional Support for Parents and Autistic Children’s Participation in Social and Physical Activities

Karen Ratcliff, Claudia L. Hilton, Patricia E. Fingerhut, Yeonju Jin, Ickpyo Hong

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if parents receiving emotional support is positively correlated with children’s participation in physical and social activities and if such a correlation exists between parental emotional support in children labeled as autistic. Data were drawn from 30,501 children aged 6 to 17 years in the 2020 National Survey of Children’s Health database and analyzed using a retrospective cross-sectional approach based on multivariate linear regression models. Results showed parental emotional support was statistically significantly correlated with children’s physical and social activity in the total sample but was not significant for the emotional support of parents with autistic children. The findings suggest that other issues must be considered as contributing factors for parents of autistic children in relation to social and physical activity participation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalOccupational Therapy in Health Care
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

Keywords

  • Autistic children
  • emotional support
  • national survey
  • participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy

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