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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Davel, Carin Gratia
Email caringratia@mweb.co.za
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
  • phenomenology
  • qualitative research
  • purposive sampling
  • marital relationship
  • parents
  • autism
  • autistic disorder
  • Giorgi's method of analysis
Date 2010-04-22
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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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Please cite as follows:

Davel, C 2009, Parents' experiences of their marital relationships after their children have been diagnosed as having autistic disorder, MA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-09152010-200415/ >

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