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Title: Exploring the experiences, views and perceptions of adults on the autism spectrum
Author: Jordan, Amy Louise
ISNI:       0000 0004 9358 1018
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2019
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The first chapter of this thesis contains a review of existing literature regarding the views, perceptions and experiences of autistic females. Whilst it is recognised that the autism phenotype is altered for females, there is limited research exploring the lived experiences of autistic women. A systematic search was conducted, and a meta-ethnographic method was adopted. Two meta-themes regarding autistic females’ experiences of accessing healthcare, education, employment and relationships were identified. This review identified gender specific challenges and offered insights into the impact of autism on gender identity. Clinical and research implications of the findings are discussed. Chapter two presents a qualitative exploration of autistic adults’ experiences of low mood and depression. An interpretative phenomenological approach was adopted to explore the experiences of eight adults (aged 19 to 51) who had a diagnosis of autism and experienced low mood or depression. Emergent findings highlighted factors that contribute to and maintain negative affect for this population. Clinical implications regarding these findings are discussed alongside recommendations for future research. Within chapter three, a first-person reflective account of conducting the research contained within this thesis is presented. The author reflected on their motivations for researching autism and low mood, ethical and methodological considerations and the impact of this research on them as a clinician and a researcher. Recommendations for adapting qualitative research when exploring the lived experience of autistic adults are discussed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology ; RC Internal medicine