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ERIC Number: EJ838738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1540-7969
Autism and Family in the People's Republic of China: Learning from Parents' Perspectives
McCabe, Helen
Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), v33 n1-2 p37-47 2008
Although there is some reported research on the experiences of parents who have children with autism, very little is known about the experiences of parents in other countries--specifically, China. This study investigated the perspectives of parents on their experiences having children with autism in that country. Seventy eight parents completed questionnaires with 14 open-ended questions regarding their own and their families' experiences having a child with autism, and 13 participated in follow-up interviews. Analysis of data suggested three themes. First, parents reacted to the diagnosis with shock and confusion. Second, mothers and fathers were impacted differently. Finally, the impact of a child with autism on a spousal relationship was multifaceted. With both positive and challenging impacts, the article discusses the unique situation of families in China as well as commonalities with Western families. (Contains 2 footnotes and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China