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| Published: June 25, 2020

‘It has taken me into a whole new life and world, a turning point’: Fathers’ Experiences of the Diagnosis of Autism

Dr. Vijaya Jagan

Department of Psychology, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Dr. Anuradha Sathiyaseelan

Professor, Department of Psychology, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, India Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.127/20200802

DOI: 10.25215/0802.127

ABSTRACT

This manuscript focusses on the experiences of fathers before and after the diagnosis of autism. Using a qualitative approach, the study mapped the passage of twelve fathers of children with autism. Though the diagnosis was perceived as being devastating and shocking it opened the pathways for treatment and interventions. The new situation led to confidence, cognitive valuation as well as a sense of empowerment for the fathers. The major challenges were their child’s uncertain future, social survival, and the child’s potential for future independence. This study makes a significant contribution to the existing literature as few studies focus on the personal experiences of fathers. The extent of involvement and the intense desire to work with their child clearly shows the evolving role of fathers in our society. There is a need to encourage, value their contribution, and engage them in the child’s special education process and intervention activities.

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ISSN 2348-5396

ISSN 2349-3429

18.01.127/20200802

10.25215/0802.127

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Published in   Volume 08, Issue 2, April- June, 2020