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01-11-2010 | Original Paper

Explaining and Selecting Treatments for Autism: Parental Explanatory Models in Taiwan

Auteurs: Yea-Ing Lotus Shyu, Jia-Ling Tsai, Wen-Che Tsai

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 11/2010

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Abstract

Parental explanatory models about autism influence the type of therapy a child receives, the child’s well-being, and the parents’ own psychological adaptation. This qualitative study explored explanatory models used by parents of children with autism. In-depth interviews were conducted with 13 parents of children with autism from a medical center in Taiwan. Despite high educational background, most of these parents attributed their child’s autism to both biomedical and supernatural etiologies without apparent conflicts. These parents chose a wide variety of treatment strategies, including biomedical and alternative treatments, which often created time/energy pressures and financial burden, and were influenced by parents’ cause attribution. Parents’ illness explanations influence their treatment selections and need to be understood and accepted by health care providers.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Explaining and Selecting Treatments for Autism: Parental Explanatory Models in Taiwan
Auteurs
Yea-Ing Lotus Shyu
Jia-Ling Tsai
Wen-Che Tsai
Publicatiedatum
01-11-2010
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 11/2010
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-010-0991-1

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