Title

Coping mechanism of parents on the educational needs of their children with autism spectrum disorder

Date of Completion

2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Keywords

Autism in Children, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Adjustment (Psychology)

Abstract

The researchers utilized a descriptive non-experimental type of research design. The respondents were 100 parents aged 20 to 60 years old and above who have children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and that were enrolled in special schools program. Samples were chosen using purposive sampling and snowballing sampling. The researchers used an adapted modified questionnaire from the study of Aberin et al., (2010) entitled “Coping Skills used by caregivers of Family Members with Chronic Illness”. Data was analysed using frequency distribution, percentage distribution, mean, t-test and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). Based on the findings of the study, the following were concluded: (1) most of the parents of children with autism spectrum disorder were on the bracket of 31-40 years old, female, married, college undergraduate, income of less than Php10,000, and mostly employed; (2) the parents of children with ASD used the coping skill logical analysis and the search for meaning in which they tend to know what will be prioritized first before solving it individually; (3) age, gender, educational attainment, and marital status did not affect the coping mechanism of parents in the educational needs of their children with ASD while the monthly income and employment status affected the coping mechanism of parents.

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