Personal Growth Experiences of Parents to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Einat Waizbard-Bartov, Maya Yehonatan-Schori, Ofer Golan

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Experiences of parenting a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have mostly been studied in relation to hardship. The current study explored personal growth experiences of Israeli parents to children with ASD, specifically in relation to Tedeschi and Calhoun’s crisis-related growth model. Nineteen parents were interviewed, and qualitative categorical content analysis was performed. Four major growth themes emerged: Empowerment and personal strength, Existential perspective/spiritual-emotional experience, Interpersonal and Expertise, professional or political involvement. Themes were largely consistent with the crisis-related growth model, with some being unique to the current subject of inquiry. Findings indicated growth might occur differently in different cultures. Clinically, with some parents, the focus regarding the parenting of their child with ASD should be shifted from adjustment to growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1330-1341
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2019

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  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Crisis related growth
  • Cultural differences
  • Parenting
  • Qualitative research


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