Investigating the Facebook posts of parents with children/young adults with autistic spectrum disorder

McAnelly, Su (2018) Investigating the Facebook posts of parents with children/young adults with autistic spectrum disorder. In: 5th IASSIDD Europe Congress, 17th - 20th July 2018, Athens, Greece. (In Press)

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Abstract

This study aimed to analyse, (taking a collaborative and participatory approach which has involved the parents in the design and analysis phases of the study) the private Facebook (FB) / social media conversations of a group of parents who regularly use a closed FB site to discuss the issues in their lives, their frustrations and the dangers they face in caring for their children day to day.
•To identify the common themes and constructs of the parents’ discourse.
•To highlight the challenges, they face
•To co-construct a set of outcomes for action

Methods: This phenomenological empirical study looks at the challenging side of parenting for parents who care for their children with autistic spectrum Disorder (ASD). The analysis of the data involved a participatory approach involving key members of the parent community at various stages.

Results : For many of the parents in this study day to day life involves them dealing with their child’s behaviour alone and without support. Many of the behaviours exhibited by children with autism can be destructive and violent often aiming towards the mum or dad and often with some physical harm caused.

Conclusion: This awareness raising gives new insights into the lived experience of parents of children with Autism.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Disabled people, autistic spectrum disorder, Facebook
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
P900 Others in Mass Communications and Documentation
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
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Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2018 11:27
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2018 11:27
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/33961

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