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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Influence of Culture on the Attitude of Parent's Treatment Choice for Their Child with Autism in Singapore
by Chan, Roy, Psy.D., Alliant International University, 2018, 82; 10824043
Abstract (Summary)

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in Singapore have access to government mandated conventional ASD treatment. However, parents often utilize other treatment methods for their child with ASD (AMS-MOH, 2010). The study aims to understand how cultural narratives affect Singaporean Chinese parents’ choice of treatment for their child with ASD. The data was gathered from the semi structured interviews of 6 parents of children attending a Singaporean government supported school for severe ASD. The data was transcribed and analyzed using Braun and Clarke’s (2006) inductive approach to thematic analysis. The results indicated that the specific cultural narrative behind treatment choice is the concept of gaining and losing face. Face is integral to the parent’s understanding of ASD, their relationship with clinicians, family members and their choice of treatment. This author poses that the concept of face is the cultural influence that, if properly integrated and respected, would greatly enhance adherence of conventional treatments, and reduce the use of alternative treatment for ASD in Singapore.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tien, Liang
Commitee: Casey, Shannon
School: Alliant International University
Department: Professional Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 79/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Autism, Chinese, Culture, Face, Singapore, Treatment
Publication Number: 10824043
ISBN: 978-0-355-97738-7
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