Teacher Professor

March 10, 2010

“Duh” Research

Filed under: Autism — Teacher Professor @ 8:22 pm

“…The study also supported evidence showing that mothers of young children with autism had more instances of depression and stress than mothers whose children did not have the disorder. KEZI-TV (Eugene, Ore.)

Dr. Laura Lee McIntyre from the University of Oregon recently published some very interesting findings that older siblings of children with autism often exhibited signs of hyperactivity and inattention.  The study wondered if the older siblings were demonstrating this behavior to get attention or in response to the high level of their siblings’ needs, or if they also have autistic tendencies that were not significant enough to be labeled as autism.  I think it relates to Susan Senator’s concept of siblings often being “dusted” with autism.  Certainly, we see that in our family…

But the research goes on to “find” that mothers of children with autism are more prone to depression and more stressed out trying to juggle their child’s lives than mothers of typical children.  I understand that research is necessary for other researchers to build upon.  That there has to be a “proven” element in the literature for others to cite and to develop new research questions.  I myself will now cite Dr. McIntyre in my literature reviews to “prove” that mothers are stressed out.

But really- No kidding?!

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