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ERIC Number: EJ858495
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1366-8250
Searching for Acceptance: Challenges Encountered while Raising a Child with Autism
Altiere, Matthew J.; von Kluge, Silvia
Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, v34 n2 p142-152 Jun 2009
Background: Autism, a severe childhood disorder, affects the family system in dramatic ways. Method: Fifty-two parents of children with autism were interviewed to explore their struggles and their successes qualitatively. Results: Five challenges that emerged from these family's experiences were: "Development," "Questioning," "Devastation," "Solutions," and "Growth." Every parent described the confusion that resulted from their child's behavioural presentation and the feelings of loss and devastation that occurred after discovering their child has autism. Parents, however, were swift and eager to mobilise resources to help their child, sometimes in any possible way. Almost every parent described significant, positive experiences that resulted from raising a child with autism, despite the hardships. Conclusions: The findings of this study provide important considerations for professionals and families. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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