Rethinking resilience in families of children with autism spectrum disorders.

Amy L. Gunty

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Abstract

Families of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) experience more stress than families of children who develop typically or families of children with other disabilities; even so, many families of children with ASD experience family functioning that is at least as healthy as other families. This systematic review includes a synthesis and critique of peer-reviewed articles between 1994 and 2018 that examined family resilience in families of children with ASD. These studies demonstrate that there are certain experiences common to these families that influence their experience of the process of resilience. Critique of the use of theory in these articles provides the foundation for a recommendation of including minority stress theory and ecological theory into this body of literature. Methodological critique indicates substantial opportunities for the use of newer, innovative methods to enhance future research in this area. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCouple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

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Keywords

  • autism spectrum disorder
  • disability
  • family processes
  • family resilience

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