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ERIC Number: ED553575
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 44
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Coping, Resolution and Advocacy in Parents of Children with Autism
Brown, Scott Torrance
Online Submission, B.A. Thesis, Purchase College, State University of New York
Parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) demonstrate changes in the strategies they use to cope with parenting stress, shifting from problem-focused to emotion-focused coping as their child ages (Gray, 2006). Once parents have resolved their child's diagnosis, they may manage their emotions through sharing social support with other families and engaging in advocacy activities. In this study, parents of children with ASD completed an online survey measuring stress, resolution of negative feelings associated with the disorder, coping strategies, and advocacy involvement. It was hypothesized that parents who were more resolved would use more adaptive, emotion-focused coping strategies and would demonstrate higher participation in advocacy groups. Findings indicated that resolution and emotional support were significant predictors of advocacy involvement and that parents who are more resolved experienced less stress than parents who were not. The following are appended: (1) Demographic Questionnaire; (2) Brief COPE; (3) Modified RDI Resolution Survey; (4) Advocacy Involvement; and (5) Consent Form for Online Survey.
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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