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Primary caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: an exploration of the stressors, joys, and parental coping before and after out-of-home placement

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dc.contributor.author Corman, Michael Kenneth
dc.date.accessioned 2008-10-27T23:38:54Z
dc.date.available 2008-10-27T23:38:54Z
dc.date.copyright 2007 en_US
dc.date.issued 2008-10-27T23:38:54Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/1227
dc.description.abstract In the present phenomenological study, mothers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) were interviewed using semi-structured, open-ended interview questions. The purpose of this study was to explore the stressors and joys, and parental coping associated with having a child with ASD, before and after out-of-home placement. A total of 9 mothers, six from British Columbia and three from Alberta, participated in the study. The findings suggest that along with stressors, parents experienced a multitude of joys throughout their caregiving experiences. Also, joys had an impact on caregiver's stress-coping process. This study, therefore, expanded upon current states of knowledge on the adaptational function of joys to caregivers of individuals with chronic conditions. In light of the findings, modified stress-coping process model based on the work of Lazarus and Folkman (1984), Folkman (1997), and Pearlin et al. (1990; 1980) is proposed. Also, findings shed light on mothers' lived-experiences leading up to and after out-of-home placement, illuminating an understudied aspect of caregiving for children with ASD. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Autism Spectrum Disorders en_US
dc.subject ASD en_US
dc.subject caregivers en_US
dc.subject mothers en_US
dc.subject parental behaviour en_US
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Sociology::Family en_US
dc.title Primary caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: an exploration of the stressors, joys, and parental coping before and after out-of-home placement en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Chappell, Neena L.
dc.degree.department Dept. of Sociology en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US


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