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ERIC Number: EJ877329
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8405
Southeast Asian Parents Raising a Child with Autism: A Qualitative Investigation of Coping Styles
Luong, June; Yoder, Marian K.; Canham, Daryl
Journal of School Nursing, v25 n3 p222-229 2009
Autism is a developmental disability increasing in incidence over the past decade. Parents of children with autism experience prolonged levels of stress and isolation. Using qualitative research design, nine parents of children with autism participated in this study that focused on the effect of autism on the family, coping styles, and support systems. The target population was first-generation Southeast Asian American parents. Results revealed nine coping style patterns: (a) denial/passive coping, (b) empowerment, (c) redirecting energy, (d) shifting of focus, (e) rearranging life and relationships, (f) changed expectations, (g) social withdrawal, (h) spiritual coping, and (i) acceptance. The school was considered the primary supportive entity. Although findings may not be unique to the Southeast Asian group, the research provides an in-depth perspective on their lived experience, their struggles, and strengths. Insight gained from this investigation can help school nurses better understand the affect of autism on families, identify specific needs, and address these needs by advocating for appropriate supportive programs. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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