Family Outcomes in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Sigan Hartley is the principal investigator of a study on family outcomes in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) through the Waisman Center. The study examines the dynamics of families who have a child with ASD, a developmental condition that currently occurs in one in 68 children in the United States. They are examining the linked trajectories of change in the functioning and well-being of parents, siblings and the child with ASD as they naturally unfold over a five year period. They hope to identify factors that are related to positive functioning and well-being in family members in order to inform support and intervention efforts.