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ERIC Number: ED556291
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 238
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ISBN: 978-1-3035-6581-6
"Love Him and Everything Else Will Fall into Place": An Analysis of Narratives of African-American Fathers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Hannon, Michael Damon
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University
This exploratory qualitative dissertation analyzed the narratives of six African-American fathers of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Contributors were identified via snowball sampling and data were collected using in-depth interviewing and analyzed using analysis of narratives. Findings are presented via individual case presentations and with cross-case comparisons, utilizing emergent theme analysis to highlight themes across the fathers' narratives. Findings suggest all of the fathers engage in a form of assessment of themselves, their resources, and their environments when describing their experiences as African-American fathers of children with ASDs. The fathers' description of their life histories and learning about fatherhood yielded two themes of "intentional engagement" and "ecological stressors," with some additional subthemes. The fathers' description of being African-American fathers of children with ASDs yielded two shared themes of experiencing an "orientation process" and an "adjustment process". This description also included several subthemes. The fathers' descriptions of the meaning they attach to being African-American fathers of children with ASDs yielded a theme of "self-assessment." Implications for counseling practice, counseling research, and counselor education are discussed. [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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