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Daily Sources of Autonomy-Supportive and Controlling Parenting in Mothers of Children with ASD: The Role of Child Behavior and Mothers’ Psychological Needs

Authors
  • Dieleman, Lisa M.1
  • Soenens, Bart1
  • Vansteenkiste, Maarten1
  • Prinzie, Peter2
  • Laporte, Nele1
  • De Pauw, Sarah S. W.1
  • 1 Ghent University, Department of Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology, Henri Dunantlaan 2, Ghent, 9000, Belgium , Ghent (Belgium)
  • 2 Erasmus University Rotterdam, Faculty of Social Sciences, Pedagogical and Educational Sciences, Burg. Oudlaan 50, T-building, Rotterdam, 3000 DR, The Netherlands , Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Aug 25, 2018
Volume
49
Issue
2
Pages
509–526
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-018-3726-3
Source
Springer Nature
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Abstract

This study aimed to gain more insight in the sources of daily parenting among mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Specifically, we examined associations between daily variations in child behavior, mothers’ psychological needs, and mothers’ controlling and autonomy-supportive parenting. Moreover, the study examined the potential mediating role of daily vitality and stress within these associations. In total 41 mothers (Mage = 41.84 years) of children with ASD (Mage = 10.92 years, range 7–15) participated in a 7-day diary study. Multilevel structural equation modeling revealed that both daily child behavior (i.e., externalizing problems and prosocial behavior) and mothers’ psychological needs relate to day-to-day variation in parenting behavior. Daily stress and vitality played an intervening role in most of these associations.

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