Marsha Malick, Phd is the respected Director of the Waisman Center in Madison, WI and has pubished a study about “Mothers of children with autism have stress levels similar to combat soldiers“. Now, the Waisman Center has worked hard to further study the effect on Autism and Divorce, despite Dr. Brian Freedman from Kennedy Kreiger Institute and his attempted debunking this myth. Although the glass-half-full result shows that 75% of the marriages stay intact, it’s worthy to explore one crucial factor in depth.
The new study is titled Autism’s Heavy Toll on Marriages and was published on 08/03/2010.
The study revealed that the divorce rate for parents of children with autism mirrors the divorce rate of the parents of children without disabilities until the child reaches 8 years of age. After that, the divorce rate goes down for parents of children without disabilities but remains high for parents of children with autism. Parents of children with autism often continue to live with and experience high parenting demands into their child’s adulthood, and thus marital strain may remain high in these later years.”