Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology



First Advisor

Hoffman, Charles

Second Advisor

Hodge, Danelle

Third Advisor

Sweeney, Dwight P.


The present study evaluated the relationship between domains of family functioning and maternal stress in families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and families of typically developing (TD) children. The ASD group consisted of parents of children with an ASD diagnosis currently receiving services at an on-campus center and the community group consisted of parents of TD children. Parents in both groups completed a survey as part of a larger, ongoing research study at a university located in inland southern California. For this study, data was accessed from an archival database, with the Gilliam Autism Rating Scale, the Family Environment Scale, and the Parenting Stress Index the instruments being assessed.