A hermeneutic phenomenological study of the lived experience of parenting a child with autism

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dc.contributor Cashin, Andrew James en_AU
dc.date.accessioned 2007-03-14T01:53:27Z
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-15T03:51:46Z
dc.date.available 2007-03-14T01:53:27Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-15T03:51:46Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2100/326
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/20054
dc.description University of Technology, Sydney. Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health.
dc.description.abstract It was identified that there was little published research into the lived experience of parenting a child with autism that utilised a qualitative approach. There was a paucity of material in the literature, beyond single parent accounts, for a nurse to turn to develop a beginning understanding of the experience. There was also little for a parent to compare their own experience with. This study of the lived experience of parenting a child with autism provides an exploration of the experience within the framework of a hermeneutic phenomenological approach. Initially nine parents were interviewed and the resulting transcripts analysed. This analysis was taken to four focus groups to allow the parent's voice to remain active in the refinement of the analysis. The parents reported a strong resonance with the analysis and the discussion fell silent. The experience identified was not that of a series of activities but profound changes to the self of the parent. This is considered in the discussion in the light of the existential challenge to the parent's being posed by the demands of parenting a child with autism. Chaos theory and its mathematical applications are considered as a potentially fruitful way to pick up the conversational relation with the question of, "what is the lived experience of parenting a child with autism"? en_AU
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dc.language en en_AU
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dc.rights http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/disclaimer.html en_AU
dc.rights Copyright Andrew Cashin en_AU
dc.subject Parents of autistic children. en_AU
dc.subject Autism in children. en_AU
dc.subject Autistic children. en_AU
dc.subject Phenomenology. en_AU
dc.title A hermeneutic phenomenological study of the lived experience of parenting a child with autism en_AU
dc.type Thesis (PhD) en_AU


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