Document Type Master's Dissertation Author Davel, Carin Gratia firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-09152010-200415 Document Title Parents' experiences of their marital relationships after their children have been diagnosed as having autistic disorder Degree Master of Arts Department Psychology Supervisor
Advisor Name Title Dr L H Human Supervisor Keywords
- descriptive phenomenological method
- qualitative research
- purposive sampling
- marital relationship
- autistic disorder
- Giorgi's method of analysis
Date 2010-04-22 Availability restricted Abstract
The purpose of this study was to gain an understanding regarding parents‟ experiences of their marital relationships after their children have been diagnosed as having autistic disorder. The phenomenological approach was utilised as a means for collecting and interpreting material. Three couples from the Unica school, Pretoria, wrote accounts of their experiences and were interviewed. Both the written accounts and the interviews were analysed following Giorgi‟s method. The research findings that emerged were themes concerning diagnosis, coping, conflict, being different, the outside world, being a couple, partnership, family-life and autism.
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