Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dr Lisa Abel & Dr Vicki Bitsika Mental Health Outcomes Relationships & Aspergers

Dr Lisa Abel & Dr Vicki Bitsika from Bond University (Australia) are conducting research into the mental health outcomes for those individuals who are (or recently have been) in an intimate relationship with someone who has been diagnosed with (or is suspected of having) Asperger’s syndrome. The aim of the research is to investigate the influence of fatigue, resilience, and stress on depression and anxiety in partners of individuals with Asperger’s. While the impact on mental health and well-being in relation to parents with a child with Asperger’s syndrome is being researched in earnest, little empirical research has been carried out in relation to the experience of partners of individuals with the disorder. Just as the demands of parenting a child with autism-based difficulties can often tax the emotional and physical resources of caregivers, it is anticipated that being intimately involved with someone with Asperger’s syndrome would present its own set of unique challenges and difficulties. The project involves the completion of a questionnaire and an interview (optional). If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr Lisa Abel via email (label@bond.edu.au) or alternatively access the questionnaire using the following URL:

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