Maternal Parenting Style in Relation to Parenting Stress and Behavioral Outcomes in Japanese Children With and Without Autism

Mio Monica Ueda, Fordham University

Abstract

This exploratory study sought to compare the parenting variables of parenting stress, perceived social support, and parenting styles among Japanese mothers of children with autism and without autism, and examine associations between children's internalizing and externalizing behaviors and these variables. Results of independent t-tests revealed greater levels of parenting stress among mothers of children with autism and lower levels of social support. Parenting styles did not significantly differ between the groups. Regression analyses revealed that parenting stress uniquely predicted externalizing behaviors in children with autism. Additionally, an authoritarian parenting style was predictive of externalizing behaviors in children without autism. No meaningful associations were found between the parenting variables and the manifestation of internalizing behaviors. This study suggests that further examination of parenting stress and mental health among Japanese mothers of children with autism and a more comprehensive understanding of parenting behavior in Japan are warranted. Such information is important in service delivery and the future development of interventions that focus on both addressing parental needs and improving child outcomes.^

Subject Area

Disability studies|Mental health|Psychology

Recommended Citation

Ueda, Mio Monica, "Maternal Parenting Style in Relation to Parenting Stress and Behavioral Outcomes in Japanese Children With and Without Autism" (2018). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI10842462.
https://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI10842462

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