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The experiences of stress, support, and self-care in mothers of children with ASD – an exploratory study

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dc.contributor.advisor Coughlan, Barry Connolly, Joanna 2020-02-28T11:52:41Z 2020-02-28T11:52:41Z 2019
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Introduction: The existing literature confirms time and again that parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) experience higher levels of stress than other parents. The current study aimed to explore the subjective lived experience of mothers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and gain insight into their perspectives on sources of stress as well as strategies and supports they engage in or would like the opportunity to explore. Methods: A qualitative design was undertaken and semi-structured interviews were conducted with participants. Twelve mothers of children with a diagnosis of ASD were interviewed. Interviews were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim by the researcher for analysis. Results: Data analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) led to the development of five super-ordinate themes: Experiences of ASD; Interacting with Services; Experiencing ASD in the Family; Recognising Mental Health; and Aspiring for Change. Discussion: This study provided an opportunity for mothers to speak openly and subjectively about their experiences of the stressors associated with raising a child with ASD. The study findings are discussed in relation to the existing literature. Implications for policy, education, clinical practice, and future research are discussed with particular emphasis on family-centred practice in service delivery. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject autism en_US
dc.subject ASD en_US
dc.subject IPA en_US
dc.subject mothers en_US
dc.title The experiences of stress, support, and self-care in mothers of children with ASD – an exploratory study en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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