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dc.contributor.authorKotera, Yasuhiro
dc.contributor.authorPope, Melanie
dc.contributor.authorChircop, James
dc.contributor.authorKirkman, Ann
dc.contributor.authorBennett-Viliardos, Laura
dc.contributor.authorSharaan, Shereen
dc.date.accessioned2021-05-28T10:10:55Z
dc.date.available2021-05-28T10:10:55Z
dc.date.issued2021-05-24
dc.identifier.citationKotera, Y., Pope, M., Chircop, J., Kirkman, A., Bennett-Viliardos, L. and Sharaan, S. (2021). 'Resilience Intervention for Families of Autistic Children: Reviewing the Literature'. Journal of Concurrent Disorders, pp. 1-17.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/625790
dc.description.abstractGiven the rising diagnostic rates of autism, it is imperative to investigate the well-being of families with autistic children. Families of autistic children report more mental health difficulties than families of typically developing children. Resilience is identified as a key protective factor for mental health difficulties in many populations, and research suggests that this construct is effective for coping with mental health difficulties in families of autistic children. However, reviews on resilience interventions for families of autistic children are lacking. Accordingly, this paper aims to report (a) common mental health difficulties that families of autistic children experience, (b) how resilience may reduce mental health difficulties, (c) interventions to enhance resilience in families of autistic children, and (d) discuss implications for practice and future research. Our review identified that mental distress resulting from feelings of uncertainty and helplessness following a diagnosis, in addition to caregiving stressors, is especially common among families of autistic children. Enhancing resilience is suggested to reduce those difficulties by tapping into strengths related to various positive psychological resources such as internal locus of control, positive cognitive appraisal, acceptance and self-efficacy. Interventions such as Dance Movement Psychotherapy and spirituality-based approaches, are deemed especially helpful to families of autistic children. However, research in this area is still under-developed, and there is a pressing need to build a more rigorous evidence base. Findings reviewed in the current work can aid families of autistic children, healthcare practitioners, and researchers to support the mental wellbeing of families of autistic children, which in turn would support the wellbeing of autistic children.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipN/Aen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherConcurrent Disorders Society Publishingen_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://concurrentdisorders.ca/2021/05/26/resilience-intervention-for-families-of-autistic-children-reviewing-the-literature/en_US
dc.subjectfamily stressen_US
dc.subjectautismen_US
dc.subjectuncertaintyen_US
dc.subjecthopelessnessen_US
dc.subjectmental wellbeingen_US
dc.titleResilience Intervention for Families of Autistic Children: Reviewing the Literatureen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Edinburghen_US
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Concurrent Disordersen_US
dcterms.dateAccepted2021-05-13
dc.author.detail783564en_US


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