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Through a trauma-based lens: a qualitative analysis of the experience of parenting a child with an autism spectrum disorder

Stewart, Michelle, Knight, Therese, McGillivray, Jane, Forbes, D and Austin, David 2016, Through a trauma-based lens: a qualitative analysis of the experience of parenting a child with an autism spectrum disorder, Journal of intellectual and developmental disability, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.3109/13668250.2016.1232379.

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Title Through a trauma-based lens: a qualitative analysis of the experience of parenting a child with an autism spectrum disorder
Author(s) Stewart, Michelle
Knight, ThereseORCID iD for Knight, Therese
McGillivray, JaneORCID iD for McGillivray, Jane
Forbes, D
Austin, DavidORCID iD for Austin, David
Journal name Journal of intellectual and developmental disability
Volume number 42
Issue number 3
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016-09-16
ISSN 1366-8250
Keyword(s) autism
Social Sciences
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Education, Special
Education & Educational Research
Summary Background Although parents of children with autism spectrum disorder exhibit high levels of parenting stress, minimal research has examined the type of stress they experience. Understanding parenting stress is critical as the effects are not limited to the parent. The aim of this study was to investigate the validity of conceptualising parenting stress within a traumatic stress framework.Method Twelve mothers participated in focus groups, which were recorded and transcribed verbatim. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used, then researchers examined for spontaneous reporting of DSM-5-defined traumatic stressors and trauma symptomatology.Results Forty percent of mothers experienced traumatic stressors and trauma-related symptomatology. Sixty percent of mothers did not report traumatic stressors but reported trauma-related symptomatology regardless.Conclusions The use of a traumatic stress framework to conceptualise some parenting experiences was supported. This finding has important implications for the development of interventions to prevent or reduce stress.
Language eng
DOI 10.3109/13668250.2016.1232379
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
1103 Clinical Sciences
1607 Social Work
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability
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