The following research involves the experiences of mothers of adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. The researcher utilized a generic qualitative interview study to examine a snapshot of the lives of mothers and what their experiences have been raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder into their adult lives. There are limits in this type of research, especially qualitative study that examines this phenomenon. In this study, eight mothers were interviewed, and thematic analysis was utilized to construct and explore outcomes. Themes derived involved: the Selfless Journey; Cadre of Concerns and Opportunities, the Impact of Support, the Balance of Emotions, and the Road to Resilience. The exploration of these themes garnered rich and meaningful data that elucidated experiences that were diverse yet similar in nature. The data of this project were compared and contrasted with theoretical perspectives involving family systems, the concept of resilience, and the double ABCX model of stress and coping.
|Advisor:||Huenefeld, Nancy E.|
|Commitee:||Bryan, H. Leon, Reddout, Jeffery W.|
|Department:||Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 75/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Developmental psychology, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Adults, Autism, Experience, Interview, Mother, Qualitative|
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