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Diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder: Parents' Perceptions of the Interpretive Conference

by Whaley, Jennifer R.

Abstract (Summary)
The purpose of the study was to examine parent perceptions of the interpretive conference where a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was delivered. Eighty-four parents of children with ASD completed a survey that consisted of items related to procedures of the interpretive conference, characteristics and behaviors of the professionals who delivered the diagnosis, and the emotional responses of the parents. Results were analyzed with descriptive statistics and Pearson Correlation Coefficients. Positive manner of the professional, optimistic discussion of the prognosis, discussion of treatment and support were identified as factors related to parent satisfaction.
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School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:autism parents bad news counseling

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Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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