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An exploration of the sensory-related factors that contribute to parental stress in Autistic and Non-Autistic parents.

Please read the below information regarding research that you may wish to participate in:

You are invited to take part in a research study which is being conducted by Aine Harrold (Trainee Clinical Psychologist), Dr Kim Keating, Dr Fionnuala Larkin (Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology), and Annalisa Setti (Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology) at University College Cork.

Parenting can be a stressful experience and it is normal to feel a certain level of stress as a parent. However, very high levels of stress can lead to mental health difficulties and fatigue for parents. The experience of being an Autistic parent is currently under-researched. The researchers are hoping to gain a better understanding of the factors which contribute to parental stress and how these may be different for Autistic parents compared to Non-Autistic parents. The researchers are interested in how interaction with the environment may relate to parental stress in both parents. By exploring these factors we hope to gain a better understanding of how the experience of parenting may differ for Autistic and Non-Autistic parents.

You can take part in this study if:

  • You are over the age of 18.
  • You are a parent.
  • You have at least one child under the age of 12.
  • You are fluent in English

What will taking part involve?

Taking part will involve completing an online questionnaire that will take approximately 20 minutes. The questionnaire will ask you questions about how you experience your sensory environment, your experience of parenting, any sensory processing difficulties you may have as well as whether or not you have a diagnosis of Autism. You do not need to have a diagnosis to take part in this study, all parents are invited to take part. All information collected will be confidential and no identifying information will be asked.

If you would like to take part in this study, please click on this link
For further information contact: Aine Harrold, Psychologist in Clinical Training Email: