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ERIC Number: EJ1029085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 11
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ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
The Stories of Older Parents of Adult Sons and Daughters with Autism: A Balancing Act
Hines, Monique; Balandin, Susan; Togher, Leanne
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v27 n2 p163-173 Mar 2014
Background: Researchers acknowledge the importance of understanding how families of children with autism cope. Yet, little is known about the experiences of older parents of adults with autism. Materials and Methods: In-depth interviews were conducted with 16 older parents of adults with autism. Narrative analysis was used to gain insights into their lived experiences. Results: Participants' narratives reflected the notion that much of their experience was a delicate balancing act as they attempted to manage their offspring's symptoms of autism whilst achieving a degree of fulfilment in their own lives. Parents did not believe that formal services had adequately supported their ability to provide care whilst meeting other needs within the family context. Conclusions: The findings have implications for services that attempt to support older parents' abilities to provide care, including the need for tailored intervention strategies that match each family's unique needs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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