Impact of employee benefits on families with children with autism spectrum disorders
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Family, Life Course, and Society | Health Economics | Health Policy | Mental Disorders | Pediatrics
The objectives of this study are to evaluate the employee benefits parents of children with autism spectrum disorders have, how benefits are used, work change, and job satisfaction. We conducted a cross-sectional mailed survey study of 435 families with children with autism spectrum disorders residing in the United States. We received 161 surveys for a response rate of 37%. Families reported using the following benefits: 39% paid family leave, 19% unpaid family leave, 91% flexible work arrangements, and 86% telecommuting. Of respondents, 43% reported stopping work, cutting down on hours worked, or changing jobs because of their child's condition. Having paid family leave was a positive predictor for job satisfaction. Parents of children with autism spectrum disorders have an interest and need for alternative work arrangements.
autism spectrum disorders, family functioning and support, policy
DOI of Published Version
Autism. 2016 Jul;20(5):616-22. doi: 10.1177/1362361315598891. Epub 2015 Sep 4. Link to article on publisher's site
Autism : the international journal of research and practice
Gnanasekaran, Sangeeth; Choueiri, Roula N.; Neumeyer, Ann; Ajari, Ogheneochuko; Shui, Amy; and Kuhlthau, Karen, "Impact of employee benefits on families with children with autism spectrum disorders" (2016). Pediatric Publications and Presentations. 206.