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dc.contributor.authorBeveridge, Lynda
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-22T21:25:06Z
dc.date.available2016-08-22T21:25:06Z
dc.date.issued2009-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11803/401
dc.description.abstractParents of children with developmental disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders in particular, are recognized as coping with elevated parenting demands and are at higher risk of stress, depression and family distress. This study investigated the experiences of stress and coping strategies of 15 parents of children with ASDs using the Family Stress and Coping Inventory questionnaire. A second questionnaire was used to investigate parents‟ experiences of professional family centred helpgiving services and parents‟ perceived need for counselling services. Results of the present investigation indicate that these families are experiencing moderate to high levels of stress despite utilizing a variety of coping strategies. Stress factors remain fairly consistent although some individual stress variables are identified as being more prevalent at different child ages. Parents recognized little or no professional family centred helpgiving practices and further acknowledged a perceived need for counselling services for self, intimate relationship and child centred practice. Currently therapeutic treatments for ASDs are often not funded by health ministries in Canada. The Autism Funding Program in British Columbia is identified by the researcher as possibly being a systemic barrier to access of services and supports experienced by these parents and families. Further research into the experiences of families of children with ASDs is recommended.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectAutismen_US
dc.subjectFamily Stress and Coping Inventoryen_US
dc.subjectParenting of autistic childrenen_US
dc.titleParents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Experiences of Stress, Coping and Perceived Need for Counselling Servicesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineCounselingen_US
thesis.degree.grantorCity University of Seattleen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
cityu.schoolDivision of Arts and Sciencesen_US
cityu.siteVancouver, BCen_US
cityu.site.countryCanadaen_US


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