Understanding Autism: How Family Therapists Can Support Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Alexandra Beth Solomon*, Beth Chung

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Abstract

The number of children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder has increased dramatically in the last 20 years. Parents of children with autism experience a variety of chronic and acute stressors that can erode marital satisfaction and family functioning. Family therapists are well-suited to help parents stay connected to each other as they create a "new normal." However, family therapists need updated information about autism, and they need to understand how family therapy can help parents of children with autism. Because having a child with autism affects multiple domains of family life, this paper explores how family therapists can utilize an integrative approach with parents, enabling them to flexibly work with the domains of action, meaning, and emotion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-264
Number of pages15
JournalFamily process
Volume51
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012

Keywords

  • Crianza de los niños
  • Discapacidades
  • Familias
  • Metaestructuras integradoras centradas en el problema (MICP)
  • Sobrellevar
  • Trastornos del espectro autista (TEA)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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