Examining the Mediating Role of Mindful Parenting: A Study on the Relationship Between Parental Emotion Regulation Difficulties and Problem Behaviors of Children with ASD

Author: Aydan Aydin1
1 Department of Special Education, Atatürk Faculty of Education, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey. aydanaydin@marmara.edu.tr.
Conference/Journal: J Autism Dev Disord
Date published: 2022 Jan 28
Other: Special Notes: doi: 10.1007/s10803-022-05455-9. , Word Count: 130

Parental emotion regulation plays a vital role in the parent-child relationship. This study examines the mediating role of mindful parenting in the relationship between parental emotion regulation difficulties and problem behaviors of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study was conducted with 273 parents of children with ASD in Istanbul. The study findings revealed a significant yet negative correlation between mindful parenting and emotion regulation difficulty and problem behaviors. The study model highlighted that emotion regulation difficulties significantly predicted mindful parenting and the child's problem behavior, whereas mindful parenting significantly predicted the child's problem behavior. Additionally, the study findings indicated that mindful parenting was a partial mediator.

Keywords: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD); Emotion regulation difficulty; Mindful parenting; Parent of child with autism; Problem behavior.

PMID: 35089435 DOI: 10.1007/s10803-022-05455-9