Mothers whose children with autism were getting applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy reported personal strain and depression symptoms.
This study was designed to look at how ABA therapy for children with autism affected their mother's mental health. ABA therapy can require parent involvement. Depression symptoms were greater for mothers of children with autism than for mothers of children with other developmental disabilities. Mothers whose children were getting ABA therapy reported fewer depression symptoms when their child was older, and when their child was getting more ABA therapy hours per week. However, mothers reported more personal strain when the mothers themselves were involved in the ABA therapy. The authors suggested that mothers seek support when their child is getting ABA therapy.