The Health of Parents of Children Diagnosed with Autism Study (Rutgers University School of Nursing)


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The Health of Parents of Children Diagnosed with Autism Study (Rutgers University School of Nursing)

Parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder experience many challenges as they navigate an autism spectrum disorder and seek to prioritize their own health during their journey. The relationship a parent has with themselves and their internal thoughts can further complicate the experience and either hinders or helps a parent to take care of their own health.

We are seeking parents and primary caregivers of children who have a confirmed diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Participants will be asked to complete a 20-minute online survey for a new study to gauge and answer questions about how levels of stress and self-compassion influence a parent’s health.

Who is conducting this research study and what is it about?
The research is conducted by Angela Alberti, a Ph.D. candidate under the supervision of Dr. Rula Btoush, both in the School of Nursing at Rutgers University. The focus of this study is to explore levels of stress and self-compassion and how it relates to health. The purpose of this study is to better understand how levels of self-compassion can influence both stress and mental and physical health. We anticipate 280 parents and caregivers will take part in the research.

How will information about me be kept private or confidential?
There is a strict data protection plan in place. All efforts will be made to keep responses confidential. Participants will not be asked to provide their name or address. No information that can identify participants will appear in any professional presentation or publication. 

Age Groups
  • Adults
Community Services
Family & Support Services
Health Services
Intellectual and Developmental Needs
Payment Options
  • Free

Last Updated: 01/20/23