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ERIC Number: EJ1078640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Support Needs of Families Living with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Searing, Billie Margaret Jean; Graham, Fiona; Grainger, Rebecca
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n11 p3693-3702 Nov 2015
This study examined the perceived availability and helpfulness of supports used by caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in New Zealand, particularly for caregivers who are Maori, and who live rurally. Caregivers (N = 92) completed the Family Support Scale with comparisons analysed using t tests. Free text comments were invited and analysed using a general inductive approach. More support was perceived as available by Non-Maori than Maori p = 0.03, 95% CI (0.21, 3.88). Spouses were rated as the most helpful support. Professional helpers were rated as "somewhat helpful". Helpful support emphasised caring, knowledge and accessibility. Ethnic differences in perceptions of support endorse calls for culturally tailored supports. Informal supports are highly valued however professional supports require development to better meet caregiver needs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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