An exploration of parental narratives in the context of a child's diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder

Slator, L. (2012) An exploration of parental narratives in the context of a child's diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. D.Clin.Psych. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Abstract

Section A presents a critical review of current literature regarding the parental experiences of receiving, and making sense of, a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for their child where there is no learning disability present. It begins with an overview of the current debates in the diagnosis of ASD and considers how parents make sense of a diagnosis. The review then evaluates papers pertaining to parents' experiences of receiving a diagnosis for their child, their experience of living with ASD and the efficacy of post-diagnostic psychoeducation interventions. A consideration of the clinical and research implications of these findings concludes the section.
Section B provides the findings of a narrative study examining the development of parental narratives following the diagnosis of their child with high functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome. Seven parents who were participating in a post-diagnostic psychoeducation group were interviewed across two time points. The findings highlight the parents’ development of a new framework enabling the creation of an alternative personal and family narrative. The implications this has on parental well-being are discussed and recommendations are made for future research to build on these initial findings.
Section C provides a critical appraisal and reflective account of the study presented in section B. This includes consideration of development of research skills, limitations of the study, clinical implications, and future research ideas.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: autism spectrum disorders, children, parents, parental narratives, psychological adjustment, narrative analysis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ0755.7 Parents. Parenthood
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0888 Children with disabilities
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ0499 Mental disorders. Child psychiatry > RJ0506.A9 Autism
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Mrs Kathy Chaney
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2012 11:06
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 22:41
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/11118

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