Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Mother's Narrative: Experience as a Latino Mother with a Child Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
by Heredia-Alvarado, Karla, Psy.D., Alliant International University, 2017, 194; 10282722
Abstract (Summary)

Latinos represent the largest minority group in the United States, with 17.6% of the U.S. population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2015). About 1 in 68 individuals is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CDC, 2016). However, the research on Latino first generation mothers who have a child diagnosed with ASD is nonexistent. The current study explores the narratives of 15 Latino first generation mothers who have a child diagnosed with ASD and their stories regarding their roles as mothers. This study used phenomenology methodology and data was collected through the use of semi-structured interviews. Three major themes emerged from the data: (1) General experience as a mother with a child diagnosed with ASD, (2) Culture views on ASD, (3) Experience with autism-related specialists and professionals. Discussions and clinical implications were included to provide insight for mental health clinicians working with this population.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chen, Hao-Min
Commitee: Natrajan-Tyagi, Raji, Rhodes, Rodric
School: Alliant International University
Department: Irvine, CSPP
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology
Keywords: ASD, Autism spectrum disorder, First generation, Latino, Mothers
Publication Number: 10282722
ISBN: 9781369805192
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