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PORTES, João Rodrigo Maciel; VIEIRA, Mauro Luís; SOUZA, Carolina Duarte de  and  KASZUBOWSKI, Erikson. Parental styles and coparenting in families with children with autism: cluster analysis of children’s behavior. Estud. psicol. (Campinas) [online]. 2020, vol.37, e190143.  Epub May 11, 2020. ISSN 1982-0275.

Research on atypical developing parenting usually investigates only the mother. This happens even if the investigation outcome points to the influence of the parenting style and the child’s relationship with the father on his/her perception of well-being. This investigation aimed to understand the relationships between the behavior of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, parenting styles and coparenting of 45 biparental families with children aged, on mean, 59 months, according to defined profiles based on children’s behavioral differences. Data was reviewed by hierarchical clustering. Among the four profiles found, those characterized by behavioral difficulties showed more authoritarian/permissive parenting styles and negative impacts on coparenting; profiles with greater prosociability had a more authoritative parenting style and better coparenting quality. The behavioral assessment of children should drive the formulation of interventions/public policies to promote positive parenting in this population.

Keywords : Autism spectrum disorder; Child behavior; Family relations; Parenting.

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