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ERIC Number: EJ1124263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-6295
The Lived Experience of US Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systemic Review and Meta-Synthesis
Corcoran, Jacqueline; Berry, Amber; Hill, Stephanie
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, v19 n4 p356-366 Dec 2015
Current US statistics indicate that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder (Centers for Disease Control (2014) Prevalence of autism spectrum disorder among children aged 8 years--autism and developmental disabilities monitoring network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010. "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" ("MMWR")). The lived experience of parents with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder is important to know since quantitative studies have indicated that higher rates of mental disorders exist in this population as compared to parents of typically developing children (Yirmiya and Shaked (2005) Psychiatric disorders in parents of children with autism: a meta-analysis. "Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry" 46: 69-83). This study was a meta-synthesis of the qualitative literature in this area embedded within a systematic review. A comprehensive search and review yielded 14 studies. A total of six major themes were identified: (a) emotional stress and strain; (b) adaptation; (c) impact on the family; (d) services; (e) stigmatization; and (f) appreciating the little things. Implications of these results are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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