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Title: An exploration of the experience of Bangladeshi parents of children who have been diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Author: Doig, Stephanie
ISNI:       0000 0004 2739 8258
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2012
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There is a dearth of research on the experience of South Asian parents with a child with a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Studies have demonstrated that services fail to meet the needs of this population to the same standard as their ‘white’ counterparts. This is further complicated by the challenge of translating the western concept of ASD to this population where there is no word for ASD in some Asian languages and translations include derogatory words such as ‘deformity’ ‘dumb’ or ‘fool’. This qualitative study explored the experiences of Bangladeshi parents who had a child with a diagnosis of an ASD. It aimed to explore their subjective experiences of the assessment, diagnostic and intervention process. It also aimed to explore their understanding of ASD from a cultural perspective and to see how this impacted their understanding of their own child’s difficulties. Two fathers and seven mothers with a child with an ASD participated in semistructured interviews. Data collection and analysis was guided by Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. The analysis revealed the importance of the role of culture in participants’ understanding of ASD (‘The role of culture’) which showed it could be a help and/or a hindrance for these families. Participants also described their experience from first noticing that their child was different to receiving a diagnosis of an ASD (‘From intuition to diagnosis’). The adjustment to their child’s diagnosis featured a great deal in the parents’ talk of their experiences (‘Process of adjustment to ASD diagnosis) and this varied for parents at different points in time. This seemed to be guided by their ability to cope at these different times (‘Coping’). Their religious faith, family and friends provided parents with a great deal of support but they themselves also demonstrated tremendous perseverance, determination and strength in the face of adversity. The findings are discussed in relation to other research in this area. Recommendations are made for how services and their staff can improve the support they offer these families.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Prof.) Qualification Level: Doctoral