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dc.contributor.authorMicsinszki, Samantha
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-28T17:31:16Z
dc.date.available2014-08-28T17:31:16Z
dc.date.issued2014-08-28
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10464/5629
dc.description.abstractAutism Spectrum Disorder is a complex developmental disorder with increasing prevalence. Despite the significant role of mothers, often seen as primary caregivers, there is limited understanding of this experience. The purpose of this study was to explore the everyday experience of mothers with children with autism. Accounts of lived experience were collected through research conversations with six mothers and analyzed using van Manen’s (1990) orientation to hermeneutic phenomenology. The main themes include: It Can’t Be Autism, The Womb is Extended, The Locus of Other, and The Womb is Now and is Forever. The findings suggest that mothers experienced a transformation from mother to mother with a child with autism; one that mirrors the transformation from woman to mother (Bergum, 1989). In this transformation, mothers move from suspicion of the potential diagnosis to acceptance that they are mothers with children whose needs define them and potentially, mothers whose wombs are forever extended.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherBrock Universityen_US
dc.subjectAutismen_US
dc.subjectMotheringen_US
dc.subjectHermeneutic Phenomenologyen_US
dc.titleThe lived experience of mothering a child with autism: a hermeneutic phenomenological understandingen_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.degree.nameM.A. Applied Health Sciencesen_US
dc.degree.levelMastersen_US
dc.contributor.departmentApplied Health Sciences Programen_US
dc.degree.disciplineFaculty of Applied Health Sciencesen_US
dc.embargo.termsNoneen_US
refterms.dateFOA2021-08-04T03:00:18Z


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