The current study examined whether there was significant relationship among family functioning (cohesion and adaptability) and overall family satisfaction in parents with a child with autism spectrum disorder. It was predicted that poor family adaptive functioning, poor family cohesion along with other family-related variables (child diagnosis, parents’ marital status, and other siblings in the family) would predict lower levels of family satisfaction. 73 mothers and 27 fathers of a child with ASD participated in this study. Google forms were used in this electronic web research. Data were collected using the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scale (FACES–III) and the Family satisfaction scale (FSS). This study’s results demonstrate that family adaptability along with a child’s autism spectrum disorder diagnosis may be significant predictors of family satisfaction. Findings report the significance of identifying discrepancies in family functioning as they provide an insight into how family members not only view but also how they interact with each other which in turn can inform clinical interventions and the therapeutic work.

KEYWORDS: Autism spectrum disorder, family functioning, family satisfaction, parental role.

Iraklis Grigoropoulos

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