Psychological distress and well-being of latina and non-latina white mothers of youth and adults with an autism spectrum disorder: Cultural attitudes towards coresidence status

Sandra Magaña*, Matthew J. Smith

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Abstract

This article examined the emotional well-being of 108 Latina and non-Latina White mothers who were coresiding with a youth or adult with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It was hypothesized that Latina mothers would be more satisfied with coresidence than non-Latina White mothers, and that satisfaction with coresidence would mediate the relationship between ethnicity and outcomes. When controlling for demographic characteristics, non-Latina White mothers were more distressed and had lower levels of psychological well-being than Latina mothers. As hypothesized, satisfaction with coresidence mediated this difference. Qualitative analysis revealed that both groups of mothers valued family cohesion as a positive aspect of coresidence. However, Latina mothers were less likely to report negative aspects of coresidence than non-Latina White mothers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)346-357
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume76
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2006

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Caregiving and well-being
  • Culture
  • Latina

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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