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ERIC Number: EJ1154522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 11
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ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
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Coherence of Representations Regarding the Child, Resolution of the Child's Diagnosis and Emotional Availability: A Study of Arab-Israeli Mothers of Children with ASD
Sher-Censor, Efrat; Dolev, Smadar; Said, Marwa; Baransi, Nagham; Amara, Kholud
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v47 n10 p3139-3149 Oct 2017
This study examined the interplay of mothers' coherent representations of their child (i.e., multidimensional and balanced view); resolution of the child's ASD diagnosis (i.e., acceptance); and emotional availability to the child in the unique cultural context of Arab-Israeli families. Participants were 46 mothers and their 2-8 year old sons. Coherent representations and resolution of the diagnosis were assessed using narrative measures. Emotional availability (namely, sensitivity, structuring, and lack of intrusiveness and hostility) was observed during mother-child play interactions. Results suggested that coherent and resolved mothers were more emotionally available than incoherent and/or unresolved mothers. These findings highlight the importance of supporting mothers' ability to accept the child's diagnosis and see the unique characteristics of the child beyond his ASD symptoms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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