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ERIC Number: EJ1019577
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1362-3613
Family-Focused Autism Spectrum Disorder Research: A Review of the Utility of Family Systems Approaches
Cridland, Elizabeth K.; Jones, Sandra C.; Magee, Christopher A.; Caputi, Peter
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v18 n3 p213-222 Apr 2014
A family member with an autism spectrum disorder presents pervasive and bidirectional influences on the entire family system, suggesting a need for family-focused autism spectrum disorder research. While there has been increasing interest in this research area, family-focused autism spectrum disorder research can still be considered relatively recent, and there are limitations to the existing literature. The purpose of this article is to provide theoretical and methodological directions for future family-focused autism spectrum disorder research. In particular, this article proposes Family Systems approaches as a common theoretical framework for future family-focused autism spectrum disorder research by considering theoretical concepts such as Boundaries, Ambiguous Loss, Resilience and Traumatic Growth. We discuss reasons why these concepts are important to researching families living with autism spectrum disorder and provide recommendations for future research. The potential for research grounded in Family Systems approaches to influence clinical support services is also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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