Long-term Behavioral Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Autistic Individuals and Their Mothers

Aslan Genç H., DOENYAS C., Aksu Y., Musaoğlu M. N., Uzunay S., Mutluer T.

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2023 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10803-023-05933-8
  • Journal Name: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, ASSIA, PASCAL, BIOSIS, Child Development & Adolescent Studies, CINAHL, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), EMBASE, ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts, MEDLINE, Psycinfo, Public Affairs Index
  • Keywords: Anxiety, Autism spectrum disorder, Behavior, COVID-19, Mother-child dyad
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on autistic individuals and their families are recently emerging. This study investigated these effects in 40 mother-child dyads by measuring the behavioral problems of autistic individuals (via Aberrant Behavior Checklist) and their mothers’ anxiety levels (via Beck Anxiety Inventory) during the pre-pandemic period, one month after, and one year after its onset. One year into the pandemic, aberrant behaviors of autistic individuals worsened only for those whose mothers had high anxiety levels. The continued negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the behavior of autistic individuals is related to their mother’s anxiety level, highlighting the need to support maternal mental health in families with individuals with autism.