Autism diagnosis and impact: in their own words

Prentice, J. (2016) Autism diagnosis and impact: in their own words. In: Henderson, H., Pennant, April-Louise and Hand, M., eds. Papers from the Education Doctoral Research Conference: Saturday 26 November 2016. Birmingham: University of Birmingham. pp. 117-125 ISBN 9780704428145

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Background: A range of possible reactions to an autism diagnosis have been suggested, with psychological ramifications range from potential improvements in self-esteem (Whitaker, 2006), through to suicidal feelings (MacLeod and Johnston, 2007). Research related to good practice in supporting young people to understand their diagnosis is scarce (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, 2011).

Methods: As part of a larger mixed methods study underpinned by a critical realist perspective (McEvoy and Richards, 2006), qualitative responses from an online survey from seven young people with autism were analysed using systematic narrative analysis.

Conclusion: Participants revealed influences that link with disability discourses, intertwined with social experiences, which could negatively impact upon self-efficacy. Greater consideration from the perspective of young people with autism into the processes surrounding diagnosis is required.

Outcome: Understanding the impact upon young people could contribute to the planning of approaches, strategies and dialogues that might be employed in future.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC1390 Education of special classes of persons > LC3950 Exceptional children and youth. Special education
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ0499 Mental disorders. Child psychiatry > RJ0506.A9 Autism
Divisions: Faculty of Education > School of Childhood and Education Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Julie Prentice
Date Deposited: 04 May 2017 08:34
Last Modified: 04 May 2017 08:34

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