• Sonia Ignat PhD, lecturer „Aurel Vlaicu”University, Arad


authistic disturbances, anxiety, depression, affective distress,


Few researches have focused on the degree of family affection, so the present research aims to study the affective impact that a child with TSA has on the parents. The present research is a comparative study that seeks to investigate the differences that arise between parents who have children with autistic spectrum disorders and children with age-specific development of anxiety, depression, and affective disorder. Questionnaires were provided to parents with a child with autistic spectrum disorders (N = 40) and to parents with age-specific children (N = 40). Questionnaires were used to investigate depression, anxiety as a condition and a trait, emotional distress. For collecting socio-demographic data, parents completed a structured interview. Research results show that parents of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder have a much higher level of depression, anxiety, affective distress compared to parents with age-specific children.


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