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ERIC Number: EJ1179126
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2154-1647
Experiences of African American Mothers of Sons with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Lessons for Improving Service Delivery
Lovelace, Temple S.; Robertson, Rachel E.; Tamayo, Sareska
Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, v53 n1 p3-16 Mar 2018
Previous research has indicated that having a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) presents a unique set of challenges that impacts the entire family unit and individual family members' health, well-being, and experiences across the lifespan (Patterson, 2005; Turnbull, Turnbull, Erwin, & Soodak, 2006). Very few studies have addressed the role that racial and cultural identity may play in the experiences of these families, in particular, the experiences of African American families with children with ASD. The purpose of the present study was to qualitatively interview three African American caregivers of children with ASD to gain their perspectives on their experiences with their child and examine whether there may be a unique set of experiences associated with being an African American family of a child with ASD. Several themes emerged that suggested increased hardships for African American mothers of children with ASD. Implications of findings, including the need for a culturally-responsive approach across many domains of service (e.g., diagnosis, autism services, and special education services), are provided.
Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. DDD, P.O. Box 3512, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Tel: 479-575-3326; Fax: 479-575-6676; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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