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ERIC Number: ED555762
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 144
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3035-1127-1
Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Accessed and Preferred Parental Supports
Morrison, Susan Tinker
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, New Mexico State University
Rates of autism are rising at an alarming rate; one child out of every 88 live births will have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A child with an ASD displays significant deficits in social skills, communication, and behavior, often resulting in high parental stress levels. Parents usually experience increased stress caring for a child with autism because of the impact the child's deficits have on the parents as individuals, as a couple, on siblings, and the family as a whole. This study used an exploratory survey design to investigate potentially significant differences between parental access levels and preference levels for 14 parent support services. The author designed the ASD Supports Satisfaction Survey (ASD-SSS) for data collection in Spanish and English; data was collected online and with hard copy. The study population consisted of 72 participants, representing Caucasian, Hispanic, Native American, African-American, and Biracial ethnicities. The two most frequently accessed support services were autism websites, and frequent communication with the child's teacher. Parents' most frequently cited barriers to services were (a) financial issues, (b) lack of time, (c) unaware of available services, and (d) only a few services available in the community. This study reported statistically significant differences (p = 0.05) between accessed and preferred parent support services in 12 of the 14 support services surveyed. These results demonstrated that the participants in this study strongly desire more parental support services. The results could be used to improve support services to parents in a simple, cost-effective manner. Parents strongly indicated that access to autism websites and frequent communication with their child's teacher are highly preferred supports. Both of these supports can be provided inexpensively and with minimal preparation. [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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