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Comparing the Executive Functions of Mothers with and Without Autistic Children

(2021) Comparing the Executive Functions of Mothers with and Without Autistic Children. Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. p. 8. ISSN 1735-8639

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Abstract

Background: Measuring the executive functioning in parents of children with autism is a way to specify the role of different aspects of executive functioning in the etiology of autism. Objectives: This study aimed to compare the executive functioning in mothers of children with and without autism. Methods: Following a case-control design, this study was conducted on 60 people (mothers of children with (n = 30) and without autism (n = 30) referred to the welfare rehabilitation centers of Zahedan, South East of Iran, in 2017 (March to September). Participants were selected by convenience sampling techniques. Participants were assessed using the Cognitive Flexibility Inventory, cognitive emotion regulation questionnaire (Garnefski block design), digit span, and picture arrangement subscales of Wechsler Adult Intelligence (WAIS-IV) scale. Results: Data analysis showed no significant difference between the executive functioning in mothers of children with and without autism (P > 0.05), except for other-blame that belongs to the emotional regulation subscale (from the executive function factors) (P = 0.048). Conclusions: This study demonstrated that the parents of children with autism do not necessarily have executive functioning deficits. Therefore, it is necessary to consider other psychological and neuropsychological aspects in future studies.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Autism Emotion Regulation Executive Function Psychiatry
Page Range: p. 8
Journal or Publication Title: Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Journal Index: ISI
Volume: 15
Number: 1
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.5812/ijpbs.104092
ISSN: 1735-8639
Depositing User: مهندس مهدی شریفی
URI: http://eprints.zaums.ac.ir/id/eprint/5525

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