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Parenting Life: A Child with Autism

Enright, Louise (2020) Parenting Life: A Child with Autism. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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In an Irish population there has been limited qualitative research inclusive of both parents of a child with autism. The aim of this study is to explore the subjective experience of parents within their parental roles, coping strategies, perceived supports, and various stress factors. The objective is to expose themes using a qualitative approach and ascertain if themes are different for mothers and fathers. A series of one to one semi-structured interviews were conducted with parents via open-ended questions. In total 8 participants were interviewed: 4 men and 4 women. A thematic analysis of the interviews were conducted, revealing five main themes: (a) self-blame and self-doubt; (b) adjusting expectations; (c) gender specifics; (d) coping and (e) navigating the autism journey. The findings have shown important implications for professionals working within the field of autism; that parents require both emotional and practical support. Parents did not differ greatly in terms of their experiences, however, the way in which they adapt and approach their experiences have impacted relationship outcomes for families. 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: Mr Kevin Loughran
Date Deposited: 21 May 2021 13:44
Last Modified: 21 May 2021 13:44

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