Parental Acceptance of Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder

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Papisa Kaewkumfu
Araya Pontanya
Sarinya Sriphetcharawut



Objective: To understand the process of parental acceptance of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) according to the 5 stages of grief and loss theory by Kubler Ross.

Method: we used a qualitative phenomenological research design. Data were collected through in-depth interviews .In-depth data were collected by purposive sampling method  for five  informants from Tak association of parents of autistic child from May 2016 to October 2017.

Result: The process of parental acceptance of a child with Autism includes the parent’s and the family’s denial about autism; a parent’s anger towards the inability to handle the child’s symptoms as well as towards the reaction of people surrounding the child; and guilty, negative thoughts about pregnancy and unsuitable parenting as being the cause of autism. Acceptance of autism leads to improvement in the child’s parenting and consequent treatment. A positive change in a parent’s attitude is the recognition that their child can make them see the good in bad.

Conclusion: The process of parental acceptance of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is, in general, in accordance with the 5 stages of grief and loss theory by Kubler Ross.

          Keyword: Acceptance, Parent, Autism


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