Ulster University Logo

Ulster Institutional Repository

The information and support needs of Iranian parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Biomedical Sciences Research Institute Computer Science Research Institute Environmental Sciences Research Institute Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials Research Institute

Samadi, Sayyed Ali, McConkey, Roy and Kelly, Greg (2011) The information and support needs of Iranian parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Early Childhood Development and Care, 183 . [Journal article]

Full text not available from this repository.

DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2011.616931

Abstract

Internationally, increasing numbers of children are being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but there is a dearth of studies outside more affluent countries as to parents’ understanding of this condition and the support they receive. Forty-three parents were recruited from schools and clinics in Tehran and interviewed individually using a structured interview schedule. Thematic content analyses identified a lack of parental understanding about autism and its causes, along with parents’ reactions to the diagnostic process and the dearth of information available to them. The majority of parents were dissatisfied with the professional assistance provided for their children and many lacked informal support from their families. The provision of accurate information through informal parent-to-parent support seems to be the most feasible means of assisting Iranian families to adjust to having a child with ASD within the family.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
ID Code:21844
Deposited By:Prof Roy McConkey
Deposited On:31 May 2012 13:59
Last Modified:31 May 2012 13:59

Repository Staff Only: item control page