Parental Perspectives of Stress and Supports Across the Life Cycle of Individuals with Moderate to Severe Autism Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
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  • Yang, Xueyan
    • Affiliation: School of Education
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  • Parents of individuals with autism spectrum disorders experience high levels of stress. Nonetheless, they possess resilient qualities and rely on formal and informal supports to cope with challenges. The aim of this study was to explore the stressors and supports parents of individuals with moderate to severe autism experience across the life cycle stages of their child, from early childhood to adulthood. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine parents from eight families across different stages, who identified the challenges and supports they experienced and described how these have changed over time. Analysis of the data revealed themes of stress and support specific to individual stages and overlapping across stages. Implications for practice include educating teachers and service providers about autism, provision of family-centered services, and addressing finance and systemic concerns.
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  • Watson, Linda R.
  • Odom, Samuel L.
  • Able, Harriet
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2014
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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