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ERIC Number: ED535622
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 102
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2670-4602-4
Ethnicity, Families, and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Exploring the Differences
Fantaroni, Grace Lauchmen
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Alliant International University
The Problem. The purpose of this study was to investigate the difference in attitudes and supports between Caucasian and non-Caucasian parents of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Method. A quasi-experimental study was conducted and 67 parents of children with ASD were given surveys which measured parental attitudes and their access to supports in the community. Two groups, Caucasian and Non-Caucasian parents' composite scores from the surveys were compared and analyzed. Results. The first hypothesis, which predicted a difference in attitudes between Caucasian and Non-Caucasian parents raising a child diagnosed with ASD, was not supported. Both groups had similar attitudes towards taking care of their child with ASD. The second hypothesis, which predicted a difference in the use of community supports between Caucasian and Non-Caucasian parents, was supported. There was a statistically significant difference (t = -3.003, p less than 0.01) between Non-Caucasian and Caucasian parents of a child diagnosed with ASD in how they accessed support. Non-Caucasian parents felt they accessed more formal supports in the community than Caucasian parents. When the data was separated by individual survey statements, two significant differences were revealed. Non-Caucasian parents of children with ASD were significantly more likely to ask their child's teachers for help and ideas than Caucasian parents of children with ASD. Additionally, Non-Caucasian parents of children with ASD were significantly more comfortable accessing support from religious leaders than Caucasian parents of children with ASD. In response to an open ended question asking who parents felt most comfortable seeking support from, the most frequent response among many parents was accessing support from other parents who have a child also diagnosed with an ASD. The next most frequent responses (from greatest to least) were educational professionals, family, friends, doctors, spouses, no one, and from other resources in the community. Most of the responses were almost evenly divided between Caucasian and Non-Caucasian parents. However, more Non-Caucasians stated they sought support from educational professionals and family than Caucasians. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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