Quality of life of parents raising children with pervasive developmental disorders

  title={Quality of life of parents raising children with pervasive developmental disorders},
  author={Atsurou Yamada and Misuzu Kato and Miyoshi Suzuki and Masako Suzuki and Norio Watanabe and Tatsuo Akechi and Toshi A. Furukawa},
  journal={BMC Psychiatry},
  pages={119 - 119}
BackgroundIt has been reported that parents of children with pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs) face higher levels of stress. The aims of the present study were; (i) to evaluate the quality of life (QOL) of parents caring for their children with PDDs, and (ii) to explore the correlates of their QOL.MethodsA consecutive sample of parents of children with PDDs aged 6 to 15 were approached. The MOS 36-item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36) was used to measure the QOL of the parents by eight… 


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