IJERPH, Vol. 18, Pages 3667: Quality of Life Changes during the COVID-19 Pandemic for Caregivers of Children with ADHD and/or ASD

IJERPH, Vol. 18, Pages 3667: Quality of Life Changes during the COVID-19 Pandemic for Caregivers of Children with ADHD and/or ASD International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi: 10.3390/ijerph18073667 Authors: Keith W. Pecor Georgia Barbyannis Max Yang Jacklyn Johnson Sarah Materasso Mauricio Borda Disleidy Garcia Varsha Garla Xue Ming The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges to caregivers of children. Families with children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and/or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are an understudied but potentially vulnerable population to changes during the outbreak. As such, the aim of this study was to contrast quality of life for caregivers of children with ADHD and/or ASD, before and during the pandemic, compared to caregivers of neurotypical (NT) children. Total, Parent Health-Related Quality of Life, and Family Functioning Summary Scores from the Family Impact Module of the Pediatric Quality of Life InventoryTM were contrasted among caregivers of children with ADHD, ASD, comorbid ADHD and ASD, and NT development. For all scores, caregivers of ADHD and/or ASD children reported lower quality of life, both before and during the pandemic, in comparison to caregivers of NT children. For all diagnoses, quality of life decreased during the pandemic, but caregivers of children with ADHD and/or ASD reported a greater decrease in quality of life than caregivers for NT children. There are...
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