Original Article

IJMDC. 2020; 4(9): 1453-1458

Autism in Saudi Arabia, a challenge to Saudi families: a cross-sectional study

Authors: Abdul Sattar Khan, Hussain Adil AlGhadeer, Ahmed Mohammed Al-Qassimi, Tawfiq Matoq Al-Jubran, Hader Hani Al-Momen, Mohammed Yousef Al-Nazzal.

ABSTRACT

Background: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a mental condition, usually presented from early childhood; it is often observed and diagnosed within the first 3 years of the child's life. This study aims to evaluate the challenges that families are facing regarding raising a child with Autism in Saudi Arabia. Methodology: An observational cross-sectional study was conducted in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia from December 2016 to February 2017 to assess the challenges faced by families of ASD children. This study involved all the families that have one or more autistic children between the ages of 1 and 12 years. The data were collected by using a self-administered questionnaire distributed electronically and in paper form among families with an autistic child with the help of autism centers. The data were analyzed by Statistical Package for the Social Sciences version 21. Results: The questionnaire consisted of 31 questions, a total of 61 families participated in this study. Regarding the diagnosis, the majority of the sample was diagnosed with Autism at an early age. The prevalence of ASD in males was found higher than females. Public awareness was still very poor. Families were spending a lot of money even though the governmentís facilities were acceptable. The study found it to be challenging to raise an autistic child in the studied population, Conclusion: The study found families with autistic children were suffering from many challenges, psychologically, socially, emotionally, and financially in the Saudi population.

Keywords:
Autism, Saudi families, autism spectrum disorder, challenges, child


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Autism in Saudi Arabia, a challenge to Saudi families: a cross-sectional study


Authors
Abdul Sattar Khan
Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Alhassa, Saudi Arabia
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Hussain Adil AlGhadeer
Medical intern, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Alhassa, Saudi Arabia
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Ahmed Mohammed Al-Qassimi
Medical intern, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Alhassa, Saudi Arabia
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Tawfiq Matoq Al-Jubran
Medical intern, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Alhassa, Saudi Arabia
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Hader Hani Al-Momen
Medical intern, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Alhassa, Saudi Arabia
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Mohammed Yousef Al-Nazzal
Medical intern, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Alhassa, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Abdul Sattar Khan, Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Alhassa, Saudi Arabia.; amkhan@kfu.edu.sa

Publication history
Received 20 Jul 2020
Accepted 02 Aug 2020
Published online 12 Aug 2020
Published in print 08 Sep 2020

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Khan AS, AlGhadeer HA, Al-Qassimi AM, Al-Jubran TM, Al-Momen HH, Al-Nazzal MY. Autism in Saudi Arabia, a challenge to Saudi families: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC. 2020; 4(9): 1453-1458. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1595277794


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Khan AS, AlGhadeer HA, Al-Qassimi AM, Al-Jubran TM, Al-Momen HH, Al-Nazzal MY. Autism in Saudi Arabia, a challenge to Saudi families: a cross-sectional study. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=106760 [Access: October 25, 2020]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1595277794


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Khan AS, AlGhadeer HA, Al-Qassimi AM, Al-Jubran TM, Al-Momen HH, Al-Nazzal MY. Autism in Saudi Arabia, a challenge to Saudi families: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC. 2020; 4(9): 1453-1458. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1595277794


Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Khan AS, AlGhadeer HA, Al-Qassimi AM, Al-Jubran TM, Al-Momen HH, Al-Nazzal MY. Autism in Saudi Arabia, a challenge to Saudi families: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC. (2020), [cited October 25, 2020]; 4(9): 1453-1458. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1595277794


Harvard Style

Khan, A. S., AlGhadeer, . H. A., Al-Qassimi, . A. M., Al-Jubran, . T. M., Al-Momen, . H. H. & Al-Nazzal, . M. Y. (2020) Autism in Saudi Arabia, a challenge to Saudi families: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC, 4 (9), 1453-1458. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1595277794


Turabian Style

Khan, Abdul Sattar, Hussain Adil AlGhadeer, Ahmed Mohammed Al-Qassimi, Tawfiq Matoq Al-Jubran, Hader Hani Al-Momen, and Mohammed Yousef Al-Nazzal. 2020. Autism in Saudi Arabia, a challenge to Saudi families: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (9), 1453-1458. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1595277794


Chicago Style

Khan, Abdul Sattar, Hussain Adil AlGhadeer, Ahmed Mohammed Al-Qassimi, Tawfiq Matoq Al-Jubran, Hader Hani Al-Momen, and Mohammed Yousef Al-Nazzal. "Autism in Saudi Arabia, a challenge to Saudi families: a cross-sectional study." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4 (2020), 1453-1458. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1595277794


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Khan, Abdul Sattar, Hussain Adil AlGhadeer, Ahmed Mohammed Al-Qassimi, Tawfiq Matoq Al-Jubran, Hader Hani Al-Momen, and Mohammed Yousef Al-Nazzal. "Autism in Saudi Arabia, a challenge to Saudi families: a cross-sectional study." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4.9 (2020), 1453-1458. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1595277794


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Khan, A. S., AlGhadeer, . H. A., Al-Qassimi, . A. M., Al-Jubran, . T. M., Al-Momen, . H. H. & Al-Nazzal, . M. Y. (2020) Autism in Saudi Arabia, a challenge to Saudi families: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (9), 1453-1458. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1595277794


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