Challenges faced by parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder

Amanda Ludlow, Charlotte Skelly, Poul Rohleder

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Abstract

Few studies address the daily challenges faced by parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This article reports on a qualitative interview study with 20 parents exploring their experiences, challenges faced, and what has helped them to cope. A thematic analysis of the data identified five core categories: Dealing with challenging behaviour; dealing with judgements from others; lack of support; impact upon the family; coping and the importance of appropriate support. The findings emphasize where the parents themselves believe they still require additional support. It raises key strategies and resources that parents have found helpful.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)702-711
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume17
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

Keywords

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
  • Child, Preschool
  • England
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Parents
  • Qualitative Research
  • Social Support

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