This study explored the experience of Asian American mothers raising children with Autistic Disorder. The cultural and traditional beliefs regarding mental disorders were examined along with the personal, social, and cultural experience of raising children with Autistic Disorder. This study found common themes shared among Asian American mothers in their understanding, perspective, parenting styles, distressing factors, cultural beliefs, and values of Autistic Disorder. This study included 10 Asian American mothers with children under the age of 10 years who were diagnosed with Autistic Disorder. The results reflect the unique cultural experiences that Asian American mothers have in raising children with Autistic Disorder due to cultural factors and influences. Asian American mothers in this study experienced heightened stress, negative and difficult emotions, depression, grief, marital, cultural, and familial pressure to raise high-achieving children, and marital discord, all while experiencing the pressure to provide 100% dedication to care for their children diagnosed with Autistic Disorder. Results indicated Asian American mothers do encounter specific experiences that are unique, due to the cultural demands and expectations of raising children with Autistic Disorder. An explanation of the results, implications for practice, and potential areas of future research are also discussed.
|School:||John F. Kennedy University|
|Department:||Graduate and Professional Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 75/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Asian American Studies, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Asian Americans, Autism, Childhood autism, Mothers|
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