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Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2018, Volume : 8, Issue : 1
First page : ( 51) Last page : ( 56)
Print ISSN : 2231-1149. Online ISSN : 2349-2996.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2349-2996.2018.00012.5

Family Resilience and Perceived Social Support among care givers of Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder

 Meenakshi1,*, Pareek Bharat2, Kaur Rupinder3

1MSc Nursing Student, Saraswati Nursing Institute, Punjab

2Associate Professor, Saraswati Nursing Institute, Punjab

3Lecturer, Saraswati Nursing Institute, Punjab

*Corresponding Author Email: meenakshisoni806@gmail.com

Online published on 7 July, 2018.



Family resilience is the successful coping of family members under adversity that enables them to flourish with warmth, support, and cohesion. The presence of an autistic child in the family may have adverse effects on various domains of family life. Social support is an important resource in alleviating the difficulties


The aim of study was to assess family resilience and perceived social support among families of children with autistic spectrum disorder

Material and methods

Non experimental approach was adopted where interview schedule was used to collect data from 61 care givers of children with autistic spectrum disorder visiting RCHC (Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped Children) PRAYAAS at Chandigarh. A purposive sampling technique was used to select the subjects


Overall resilience and perceived social support among families were good with mean ± SD score of 238 ± 17.40 for family resilience and 72.15 ± 13.95 for perceived social support respectively. Component wise resilience among families were “optimism” (Moral Compass (79.23%), Faith and Spirituality (77.21%), Humor/Entertainment (82.56%), Having a Role Model (83.01%), Social Support (72.32%), Facing Fear (82.39%), Meaning in Life (81.37%), and Training (74.69%). Positive correlation (r=0.30) was observed between family resilience and social support of families of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Family resilience was significantly associated with the functional disabilities of children (P<0.018), whereas social support found significantly associated with family income, and drug used by mother in antenatal period (P=0.05)


Overall resilience and perceived social support was good among families of children with autistic spectrum disorder.



Family resilience, social support, children, care giver, Autistic Spectrum Disorder.


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