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ERIC Number: EJ1047989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1362-3613
Post-Traumatic Growth in Mothers of Children with Autism: A Phenomenological Study
Zhang, Wei; Yan, Ting Ting; Barriball, K. Louise; While, Alison E.; Liu, Xiao Hong
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v19 n1 p29-37 Jan 2015
While the adverse effects of raising a child with autism are well demonstrated, there have been few reports of the post-traumatic growth of mothers of children with autism. The purpose of this research was to explore dimensions of post-traumatic growth in this population in Mainland China and identify the factors facilitating post-traumatic growth. A total of 11 mothers of pre-school children were recruited from five rehabilitation centres of children with disabilities in Shanghai. The semi-structured interviews were conducted between August 2012 and October 2012 and analysed using thematic analysis. The data partially confirmed Tedeschi and Calhoun's model of post-traumatic growth. A new philosophy of life, appreciation of life, relating to others, personal strength and spiritual change were five domains of post-traumatic growth in mothers of children with autism. Perceived social support, peer example, effective coping style and self-efficacy enhancement were facilitating factors of post-traumatic growth. Further studies are needed to understand how to promote the post-traumatic growth of mothers of children with autism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China (Shanghai)