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ERIC Number: EJ956539
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1088-3576
"What Do You Like/Dislike about the Treatments You're Currently Using?": A Qualitative Study of Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Mackintosh, Virginia H.; Goin-Kochel, Robin P.; Myers, Barbara J.
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, v27 n1 p51-60 Mar 2012
Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) often participate in many treatments, requiring parents' dedication of time, money, and energy, and necessitating dealing with multiple service providers. To learn about parents' experience in seeking and using treatments for their child with ASD, the authors asked them, "What do you like/dislike about the treatment(s) you're currently using?" In this web-based, qualitative study, participants consisted of 486 parents (92% mothers) of children (80% boys; children's M age = 8.3 years) with autism (n = 290, 59.7%), Asperger syndrome (n = 115, 23.6%), or pervasive developmental disorder--not otherwise specified (n = 81, 16.7%). The families lived in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, and Ireland. Parents' written statements addressed more "dislikes" (70%) than "likes" (47%), and there were no universally liked or disliked interventions. Six themes emerged and are discussed: effectiveness of treatments, relationships with professionals, access to treatments, costs, medication concerns, and stress. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; Ireland; New Zealand; United Kingdom (England); United States