Abstract: Primary caregivers of children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder carry the larger burden of care and they may feel a need to be with their child at all times so they experience stress, related to coping with the heavy load of care giving. The study assessed the relationship between the demographic characteristics of parents of autistic children and the Family Crisis Oriented Personal Evaluation Scales (F-COPES).
The study employed a cross-sectional design. The respondents comprised of all the parents of autistic children at the autism centres. The parents demographic characteristics assessed are age, level of education, religion and marital status. Therefore four null hypotheses were generated and T-Test was used to analyse the relationship between the family oriented evaluation scale and the demographic characteristics.
The results revealed that for the null hypothesis of no significant relationship between utilization of FCOPES and respondents age, the calculated pvalue and r revealed 0.215 > 0.05 and -0.156< 1>
Conclusively the study found no association between the demographic characteristics and the utilization of the family oriented evaluation scale. The implication being that regardless of the differences in the respondents’ demographic characteristics, parents of autistic children can benefits from the use of reframing, passive appraisal, spiritual support, and mobilizing social support in child care