Parents of ASD children and support groups.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Introduction: It has been shown that parents of children on the autistic spectrum experience higher levels of stress and challenging situations. They therefore use various ways of coping with raising a child with an autistic spectrum disorder, including support groups. The aim of the project was to identify the reasons why parents of children with autistic spectrum disorder join support groups and what they believe they gain from them by attending. Method: Semi structured interviews were used with a sample of eight participants. The interviews were written up using verbatim transcription and analysed for codes. These codes were then grouped together to give themes. Results and conclusions: The results showed that there were two main themes: benefits and unmet need with service limitations. These were split into other themes which included information, understanding and social aspects. Some themes were found in both of the main themes but showed differing reasons for attending the support group. The implications for health professionals have been discussed in relation to the results.
B.Sc.(Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
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