ERIC Number: EJ1139268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
"I Received a Leaflet and That Is All": Father Experiences of a Diagnosis of Autism
Potter, Carol A.
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v45 n2 p95-105 Jun 2017
Background: A diagnosis of childhood autism can be an extremely stressful experience for parents, but little is known concerning paternal perceptions of the process. Methods: This study investigated father perspectives on a diagnosis of autism, through an online survey. Results: An analysis of 184 replies to an open-ended question identified the following themes: strong initial emotional response and a range of immediate anxieties about the future, struggle to gain a diagnosis; anger in response to insensitive delivery of diagnosis together with insufficient information at the time and lack of support afterwards. Conclusion: Fathers experienced a range of significant challenges during a diagnostic process in which most felt unsupported. Service provision should be more gender-differentiated, taking into account of the particular needs and perspectives of both mothers and fathers at this critical juncture in family life.
Descriptors: Clinical Diagnosis, Parent Attitudes, Fathers, Online Surveys, Emotional Response, Anxiety, Psychological Patterns, Access to Information, Barriers, Access to Health Care, Gender Differences, Mothers, Foreign Countries, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Asperger Syndrome, Coding
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