Parenting early adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder before and after transition to secondary school

O'Nions, Elizabeth and van Esch, Lotte and Hannes, Karin and Ceulemans, Eva and Noens, Ilse (2018) Parenting early adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder before and after transition to secondary school. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 2 . pp. 179-189. ISSN 2366-7532 (Print) ; 2366-7540 (Online)

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Abstract

Although early adolescence is a challenging period for all parents, parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face additional challenges. At present, little is known about their concrete parenting behaviors during this stage of their child’s development. The main goal of this study was to explore what behaviors parents adopt and investigate how these relate to parenting dimensions previously described in the literature. In addition, we aimed to explore the feelings and cognitions of parents regarding their parenting behavior. Parents of 17 early adolescents aged 11 to 15 years with ASD were interviewed. Starting from three general parenting dimensions (warmth, parental control, and autonomy support) and two parenting dimensions of particular relevance in ASD (stimulating the development and adapting the environment), our analyses produced an integrated framework with three core dimensions: warmth, behavioral control, and stimulation. Our findings suggest that parents make strategic decisions in parenting their children with ASD: they report adapting their behaviors at many levels, although these behaviors per se are not ASD specific.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Parenting Behaviour, Parenting Stress, Early Adolescence, Qualitative Research
Subjects: Communication (incl. disorders of) > Autism
Families > Parent Child Relations/Parenthood
Human Psychological Processes > Stress
Department/People: Research
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URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2160

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