ERIC Number: EJ745507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 21
Parents' Experience of Having a Child with Autism and Learning Disabilities Living in a Group Home: A Case Study
Benderix, Ylva; Nordstrom, Berit; Sivberg, Bengt
Autism: The International Journal of Research & Practice, v10 n6 p629-641 2006
Some children with autism and learning disabilities also have aberrant behaviours that are difficult to regulate and stressful for both the child and family members. This case study concerns experiences of 10 parents from five families before and 2 years after entrusting their 10- to 11-year-old child with autism to a group home. Hermeneutic phenomenological analysis of narrative interviews with the parents before the child's moving showed them experiencing grief and sorrow, total exhaustion because of inability to regulate their child's behaviours, social isolation, and negative effects on the child's siblings, but experiencing themselves as more sympathetic than previously towards other people with problems. Two years later they experienced relief for the family due to the group home arrangement and the child's improvement, but with an ethical dilemma which made them feel guilty, despite increased hope for the future. Some also felt unhappy with the staff situation at the group home.
Descriptors: Group Homes, Autism, Learning Disabilities, Case Studies, Preadolescents, Child Behavior, Behavior Problems, Interviews, Parent Attitudes, Grief, Fatigue (Biology), Social Isolation, Anxiety, Sibling Relationship, Ethics, Satisfaction, Foreign Countries
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