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ERIC Number: EJ1004451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1366-8250
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Part II: A Qualitative Comparison of Parenting Stress
Watson, Shelley L.; Hayes, Stephanie A.; Coons, Kelly D.; Radford-Paz, Elisa
Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, v38 n2 p105-113 Jun 2013
Background: Researchers investigating the impact of parenting children with disabilities suggest that regardless of the specific diagnosis, parents experience increased levels of stress. However, particular disabilities may be associated with distinct stressors and strains. Method: Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and parents of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) participated in in-depth qualitative interviews employing a basic interpretative approach. Results: Both groups described some similar stressors, such as multi-tasking, the diagnostic process, and dealing with behavioural issues, but there are distinct differences between families of children with FASD and families of children with ASD. Whereas parents of children with FASD focused on their children's illegal behaviours, parents of children with ASD struggled with their children's tantrums and anxieties. Conclusions: Supports must be tailored to meet the specific needs of parents of children with different types of disabilities. [For Part I, see EJ1004498.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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