Perception on the influence of support groups on caring behavior of parents of children with autism spectrum disorder

Date of Completion


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Autism Spectrum Disorder, Caregivers, Social Support


This study utilized a descriptive non-experimental design. One hundred (100) parents of children with autism spectrum disorder were chosen as respondents using purposive sampling. The questionnaire "Caring behavior assessment tool" developed by Cronin and Harrison (1988) was adapted and modified. Data was analyzed through frequency distribution, frequency percentage, mean, standard deviation and t-test. The study concluded that, 1) Majority of the respondents were female, aged 19-40 years old, Catholic, high school graduate, married, had 1-2 children, unemployed, with a monthly family income of P10,000 and below and member of support group for 2-5 years; 2) The respondents had a very high perception that being a member of a support group is perceived to be influential to their caring behavior; 3) The parents' perception on the influence of support groups on their caring behavior did not differ significantly in terms of age, gender, religion, number of children, educational attainment, civil status, employment status, monthly family income and length of being member of support group.

First Advisor

Mary Rose J. Salazar

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