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Peer-led stress reduction may help mothers of kids with autism

Programs teaching "mindfulness" and "positive psychology" both helped mothers of children with autism and other mental-development disabilities to reduce their stress, anxiety and depression, according to a new study.

Most services for such families focus on the disabled child, researchers say, but improving the mental health of parents is likely to make them better caregivers and that, in turn, could improve their child’s development.

"There are literally decades of studies that have described the high levels of stress and distress, anxiety and depressive symptoms that moms and dads of children with developmental disabilities suffer, and I didn't want to describe anymore, I wanted to do something about it," said Elizabeth Dykens, who led the new study.


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http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/07/23/us-stress-reduction-autism-parents-idUKKBN0FS1WP20140723
Date
23rd July 2014
Source
Reuters