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ERIC Number: ED559831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 138
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3033-4385-8
Perceptions and Experiences of Mothers Who Have Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Cross-Cultural Studies from the US and Japan
Kamei, Ai
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
This quantitative study proposed to answer the following question: What are the similarities and differences in maternal experiences and perceptions in regard to their children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) between the United States and Japan? A total of 96 mothers of children with ASD participated in this study. In all, 47 were recruited from North Carolina in the US and 49 were from Osaka, Japan. Surveys with 5-likert-scale questions were used to collect quantitative data. Survey responses were analyzed by using two-sample independent "t"-tests to compare the difference between the means of two independent groups (American and Japanese mothers). The results indicated that overall both Japanese and American mothers experienced stress and physical and emotional fatigue while little support was available from people outside of the family. It is also shown that more Japanese mothers experience a caregiving burden related to social stigma or rejection than do US mothers, experience more difficulties in their social relationships, and feel more socially isolated than American mothers. [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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Identifiers - Location: Japan; North Carolina