What Is The Relationship Between Parents / Guardians’ Recollections of Early Childhood Experiences and Expectations for Their Children with Autism?

Research Study

This research is being conducted by Robert Saxner, M.A., at William James College in partial fulfillment of a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. This study examines the relationship between parents / guardians’ recollections of childhood experiences and their expectations for their children with autism. Participants in this study have raised or are raising their child with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. The study consists of a confidential, semi-structured, IRB approved Zoom video or audio interview of approximately 40 minutes. During this interview, parents / guardians will be asked questions about their expectations for their child(ren) or young adult(s) with autism along with questions about recollections of their own childhood experiences. This interview will be audio recorded and later transcribed by the researcher. Confidentiality will be maintained throughout the study. Participants may feel free to refrain from answering any questions that they do not feel comfortable with or discontinue the interview at any time.

The purpose of the research study is to examine this relationship to determine how parents / guardians’ recollections of their own childhood experiences might influence expectations for their children with autism. The study results can inform future clinical work so that clinicians can work more empathetically with parents / guardians and families.

Please contact Robert Saxner, M.A. at: robert_saxner@williamjames.edu

Published on: Aug 11, 2020 at 12:47

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