The Experience of Stigma, Stress, and Social Support amongst Fathers of Children on the Autism Spectrum

Research Study

Are you a father of a child or teenager (ages 5-18) with autism?

Have you ever felt that people don’t understand what your life is like and how you feel?

Have you ever been rejected, judged, or embarrassed by friends, family, or even complete strangers because you are the father of an amazing and wonderful child with autism?

Participate in a study about your experiences as a father of a child with ASD!

Your experiences as a father of a child with autism are unique and important. As a parent, you are the only person who really knows what it’s like to raise a child with autism. You have experienced the ups and downs, the laughter and tears, the joy and pain. We are inviting you to participate in a research study and share your experiences of stigma, stress, and social support. Your perspective will increase our understanding of what your life is like. You can help us know how it feels to be a father of a child with autism.

What do you do in the study?
Parents will be asked answer questions via an online survey about your experiences as a father of a child with ASD. The entire survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

As a small token of appreciation for your participation, you may choose to be entered into a raffle for one of four Amazon Fire 7 tablets.

CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SHARED. No one will be identified by name in any reports. No one’s name will be shared with any other agency.

This study (IRB #18-09-054) has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board of La Salle University on October 8, 2018

Questions? Please do not hesitate to contact the lead experimenter, Twanesha Wilcox, M.A. by email at

Published on: Jun 20, 2019 @ 09:30