Table 1 : Alignment of personality changes in mothers after a child's diagnosis with
autism with items on the autism spectrum quotient.

Autism spectrum quotient item Mother's comment

1. I prefer to do things on my own rather
    than with others
I haven’t had the time, the energy or the inclination to go and make friends
11. I find social situations easy (reverse
I became incredibly socially isolated because the moment I tried to have a conversation my child would run away
22. I find it hard to make new friends You can’t really go out with your friends anymore… you’d have to run after your child. You can’t just sit down and say have a coffee. You’re always looking out the side there, wondering where she is
44. I enjoy social situtations I’ve also lost interest in going out

Fairthorne et al.Journal of Autism  2014 1:2DOI : 10.7243/2054-992X-1-2