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Title: Ten Years On: A longitudinal study of families of children with autism
Contributor(s): Gray, DE (author)
Publication Date: 2002
DOI: 10.1080/1366825021000008639
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Abstract: This paper reports the results of a longitudinal, ethnographic study of the psychosocial adaptation of parents of children with autism. The results indicate that most parents have experienced improvements in terms of their own psychological well-being, the social experiences of their immediate family members and their relations with members of their extended family. They also reported changes to the stressful situations they experience and their strategies for coping with them. Stigmatizing reactions of non-family members have also declined. The results were less favorable in the cases of families with aggressive and/or violent children. The parents in these families experienced high levels of stress and had few resources in terms of treatment or residential placement to deal with their situation.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 27(3), p. 215-222
Publisher: Taylor and Francis (Informa Healthcare)
Place of Publication: University of Newcastle NSW
ISSN: 1366-8250
Field of Research (FOR): 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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