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We studied 15 families with autistics, 15 with Down's syndrome and 15 asymptomatic children. Patients' age ranged from 5 to 15 years old. The parents of these three families' groups were appraised in regard to their family dynamics to relate those symptoms to the functioning of an autistic family, in a comparative study. Detail we provide of the families, the overall autistic features, the autistic's family, the family and mental health, their limitations and difficulties throughout the vital cycle.

An attempt was made to locate the factors that aid the family in hindering the healthy emotional development of its members. The field research was achieved by use of the instruments of the Family Dynamics Evaluation.

The data gathered were statistically compared. Considering the family population studied (n-45), we found that the autistics' families and victims of Down's syndrome make it difficult to sustain the emotional health of group members. We conclude that the autistic's family dynamics caused difficulties to the emotional health of the group's members.

 
 
 

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