The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the challenges Latina mothers raising children with autism experience and the coping strategies used to overcome them. This study employed face-to-face interviews with 20 self-identified Latina mothers raising a child with autism. Questions from a researcher-developed interview guide elicited responses about challenges and coping strategies of Latina mothers raising a child with autism.
Results indicated that the majority of respondents had low to no knowledge of autism prior to and after their child's diagnosis of autism. Respondents indicated challenges to be: cultural challenges, familial impact, financial impact, fear for their child's future, disclosure of their child's disability, and service seeking. Respondents indicated that coping strategies included: utilizing their support system, intellectualization, and self-care. Recommendations to other Latina mothers raising a child with autism included allowing themselves to grieve for their child, to learn the system and services available, "ignore ignorance," and to change their view of the diagnosis of autism from punishment to a blessing.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Clinical psychology, Individual & family studies, Hispanic American studies|
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