Self-Compassion in Mothers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Qualitative Analysis

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Bohadana, G
Morrissey, S
Paynter, J
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2020
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Emerging quantitative research found self-compassion to be a unique predictor of parental stress in parents of children with ASD above other predictors. However, research on the lived experience of self-compassion in families of children with ASD is limited. Using a qualitative thematic analysis approach, 19 mothers of children with ASD with a mean age of 39.19 years (SD = 3.56, Range = 31.00–50.00 years) were interviewed about their lived experiences of stress and self-compassion. Themes derived from interviews include: the impact and causes of stress, benefits of self-compassion, barriers to self-compassion, and aids to self-compassion. The findings deepen our understanding of the experience of self-compassion in this population. Limitations and future directions are discussed.

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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

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© 2020 Springer US. This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2020. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders is available online at: http://link.springer.com/ with the open URL of your article.

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Bohadana, G; Morrissey, S; Paynter, J, Self-Compassion in Mothers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Qualitative Analysis, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2020

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