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DOI: 10.18869/nrip.irj.15.1.49

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Behnia F, Rassafiani M, Nakhai S, Mohammadpour M, Ahmadi Kahjoogh M. Time Use of Mothers of Children With an Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Comparative Study. IRJ. 2017; 15 (1) :49-56
URL: http://irj.uswr.ac.ir/article-1-666-en.html

1- Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
2- Pediatric Neurorehabilitation Research Centre, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
3- Claudio Santi Social Medicine Center, Rehabilitation Unit, Don Calabria Institute, Verona, Italy.
4- PhD Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
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Objectives: Studies around the world have shown that having a child with disability impacts a mother’s time use. The purpose of this study was to compare the time use of mothers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with mothers of typically developing children.
Methods: Eighty-four Iranian mothers (42 with ASD children and 42 with typically developing children) completed the Mothers’ Time Use Questionnaire (MTUQ).
Results: Mothers of ASD children spent more time doing childcare activities (P<0.001), but no significant differences were found in time spent in self-care, rest/sleep, leisure, household chores, job or social participation activities. Furthermore, quality and enjoyment of daily activities were significantly lower in mothers of children with ASD compared to mothers of typically developing children.
Discussion: Mothers of ASD children are more prone to having an imbalanced life. Hence, there is a need for occupational therapists to work in partnership with mothers to support their occupational engagement and life satisfaction.

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Type of Study: Original Research Articles | Subject: Occupational therapy
Received: 2016/10/14 | Accepted: 2016/12/12 | Published: 2017/03/1

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