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The Experiences of Parenting a Child with Autism

Foran, Katie Kelly (2021) The Experiences of Parenting a Child with Autism. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

This qualitative study explores the experiences of parenting a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This study consisted of eight parents sharing their experiences, including daily challenges, adjusting to the life of parenting a child with ASD, their support and coping strategies. The study also explores the parents’ reactions to their child’s diagnosis and their perception of their partner's reaction. A thematic analysis of the data identified five core themes: ‘Shock, Denial, Disbelief’: Initial response to diagnosis, The Learning Curve, The ASD Journey, and Minding Yourself as a Parent of a Child with ASD. The findings revealed many challenges faced by parents, including the lack of support which caused them tremendous stress. It was also found that parenting a child with ASD is a learning process in which parents learn about ASD, and discover things about their child, and themselves. This study concluded that there is a need for awareness interventions put in place, and family-centred supports, which support the child and their families. This is to ensure that the parents are being supported throughout the process of adjusting to life parenting a child with ASD and to support and guide them throughout the journey. The implications of this are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Children
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2021 14:36
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 13:29
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4932

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