Child Characteristics and Parent Factors in Children with ASD and/or ADHD: Disruptive Behaviors, Internalizing Symptoms, Parental Distress, and Parenting Practices

Research Study

The study will examine disruptive behavior problems, internalizing symptoms, parental distress, and parenting practices in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), ASD+ADHD, and typically-developing (TD) children. Specifically, the proposed study will examine how levels of child disruptive behaviors, child internalizing symptoms, parental distress, and parenting practices differ according to diagnostic group. In addition, the proposed study will investigate how these specific child characteristics (i.e., disruptive behaviors and internalizing symptoms) are related to parental distress levels and parenting practices above and beyond specific symptoms of ASD and ADHD. Gaining a better understanding of the association between child characteristics and parental outcomes in these clinical populations will likely help therapists and clinicians better understand how to work toward achieving positive outcomes for both children and parents.

**The University of Southern Mississippi’s IRB approved the following information to appear on recruitment materials. If I am able to post my study on your site, please post the following information:

Parents of children and adolescents ages 7-17 are invited to participate in a research study examining parenting strategies, parental stress levels, and their child’s behavioral presentation.
Parents are invited to participate if they have a child with:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (or Asperger’s Disorder or PDD-NOS) and/or
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

(Please note: If this child has any siblings who live in the household, those siblings must not have been diagnosed with or suspected to have any developmental, behavioral, or emotional diagnoses)
Parents will complete questionnaires via a secure, online website.
This study has received approval from The University of Southern Mississippi Institutional Review Board.
All participants are offered a $5 Starbucks eGift Card in appreciation for completing the study
Please contact Elizabeth Fair at for more information or if you would like to participate.