Original Article

IJMDC. 2022; 6(2): 348-353

Quality of life of caregivers of children with autism in Eastern Saudi Arabia

Authors: Mohammad Ayoob Lone, Muntadhar Abdulwahab N. AlMakeynah, Hassan Ahmed A. Alsahaf, Mohammed Hussain T. Alalawi, Baqer Ali A. Aldhneen, Mohammed Ali I. Aldabbab, Mukhtar Essa S. AlGhanim.

ABSTRACT

Background: Despite of the established relevance of quality of life (QOL), research and the significant impact of having a child with autism, the QOL of caregivers of children with autism has been relatively understudied compared to other childhood problems. Thus, this study aimed to study the QOL and its predictors of principal caregivers of autistic children. Methods: This study comprised parents of 105 autistic children attending 4 autism institutes in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia. The study was conducted from August 15, 2021, to October 31, 2021. QOL of the participants was assessed by short-form 36. Results: Out of 105 parents of autistic children, 62 were females with a mean age 45.08 years. Majority (86.7%) of participants were married. Most of the participants (49.5%) had high level of education. The results showed a significant relationship between various socio-demographic variables and QOL. The findings of the study revealed that gender, age, monthly income and marital status were found to be the significant predictors of QOL of caregivers of autism children. Conclusion: This study provided some evidence for the impact of caring for a child with autism on the life of the caregiver. It also gives an insight into areas relating to support provided to children with autism and their caregivers. The present study would help health policy-makers in Saudi Arabia to provide better and more focused support to children with autism and their caregivers.

Keywords:
Quality of Life, caregiver, children, Autism, Saudi Arabia


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Quality of life of caregivers of children with autism in Eastern Saudi Arabia


Authors
Mohammad Ayoob Lone
Assistant Professor in Psychology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al Hofuf, Saudi Arabia
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Muntadhar Abdulwahab N AlMakeynah
Medical Intern, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Hassan Ahmed A Alsahaf
Medical Intern, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Mohammed Hussain T Alalawi
Medical Intern, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Baqer Ali A Aldhneen
Medical Intern, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Mohammed Ali I Aldabbab
Medical Intern, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Mukhtar Essa S AlGhanim
General Practitioner, Omran General Hospital, Eastern Region, Saudi Arabia.
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Correspondence to:
. Mohammed Hussain T. Alalawi, Medical Intern, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.; awaw.18@hotmail.com

Publication history
Received 21 Dec 2021
Accepted 30 Dec 2021
Published online 09 Jan 2022
Published in print 19 Jan 2022

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Lone MA, AlMakeynah MAN, Alsahaf HAA, Alalawi MHT, Aldhneen BAA, Aldabbab MAI, AlGhanim MES. Quality of life of caregivers of children with autism in Eastern Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2022; 6(2): 348-353. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640105248


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Lone MA, AlMakeynah MAN, Alsahaf HAA, Alalawi MHT, Aldhneen BAA, Aldabbab MAI, AlGhanim MES. Quality of life of caregivers of children with autism in Eastern Saudi Arabia. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=98590 [Access: May 25, 2022]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640105248


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Lone MA, AlMakeynah MAN, Alsahaf HAA, Alalawi MHT, Aldhneen BAA, Aldabbab MAI, AlGhanim MES. Quality of life of caregivers of children with autism in Eastern Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2022; 6(2): 348-353. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640105248


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Lone MA, AlMakeynah MAN, Alsahaf HAA, Alalawi MHT, Aldhneen BAA, Aldabbab MAI, AlGhanim MES. Quality of life of caregivers of children with autism in Eastern Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2022), [cited May 25, 2022]; 6(2): 348-353. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640105248


Harvard Style

Lone, M. A., AlMakeynah, . M. A. N., Alsahaf, . H. A. A., Alalawi, . M. H. T., Aldhneen, . B. A. A., Aldabbab, . M. A. I. & AlGhanim, . M. E. S. (2022) Quality of life of caregivers of children with autism in Eastern Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 6 (2), 348-353. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640105248


Turabian Style

Lone, Mohammad Ayoob, Muntadhar Abdulwahab N. AlMakeynah, Hassan Ahmed A. Alsahaf, Mohammed Hussain T. Alalawi, Baqer Ali A. Aldhneen, Mohammed Ali I. Aldabbab, and Mukhtar Essa S. AlGhanim. 2022. Quality of life of caregivers of children with autism in Eastern Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 6 (2), 348-353. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640105248


Chicago Style

Lone, Mohammad Ayoob, Muntadhar Abdulwahab N. AlMakeynah, Hassan Ahmed A. Alsahaf, Mohammed Hussain T. Alalawi, Baqer Ali A. Aldhneen, Mohammed Ali I. Aldabbab, and Mukhtar Essa S. AlGhanim. "Quality of life of caregivers of children with autism in Eastern Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 6 (2022), 348-353. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640105248


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Lone, Mohammad Ayoob, Muntadhar Abdulwahab N. AlMakeynah, Hassan Ahmed A. Alsahaf, Mohammed Hussain T. Alalawi, Baqer Ali A. Aldhneen, Mohammed Ali I. Aldabbab, and Mukhtar Essa S. AlGhanim. "Quality of life of caregivers of children with autism in Eastern Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 6.2 (2022), 348-353. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640105248


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Lone, M. A., AlMakeynah, . M. A. N., Alsahaf, . H. A. A., Alalawi, . M. H. T., Aldhneen, . B. A. A., Aldabbab, . M. A. I. & AlGhanim, . M. E. S. (2022) Quality of life of caregivers of children with autism in Eastern Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 6 (2), 348-353. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640105248


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