A father’s tale: stories and experiences of fathers whose children have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Markham, Laura 2013. A father’s tale: stories and experiences of fathers whose children have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Prof Doc Thesis University of East London School of Psychology
AuthorsMarkham, Laura
TypeProf Doc Thesis
Abstract

Very little has been researched about the experience of fathering a child with a
diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). An explorative narrative research
design was used to gain a better understanding of how fathers (N=10) experience their
children who have been diagnosed with ASD, and thus answer the question: “What
stories do fathers of children with ASD tell about fatherhood and about their fathering
experiences?” Data to inform this study was gathered through in-depth and
unstructured interviews. Each of the fathers’ narratives was storied using Clandinin
and Connelly’s (2000) notion of human experience that is defined in terms
interaction, correct, continuity, and situation. The resulting narratives were written in
the ‘third-person-omniscient’. This phase of the study was followed by a
‘commentary phase’ that sought to describe the connectedness between the 10
narratives storied. The study illustrates how the challenges fathers of children
diagnosed with ASD encountered affected their fathering experiences and their
notions of fatherhood. The study also sheds light on the aspirations, hopes, dreams,
concerns and reservations these fathers have with regards to the future of their
children.

Year2013
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.15123/PUB.3483
Publication dates
PrintDec 2013
Publication process dates
Deposited23 Jan 2014
Publisher's version
License
CC BY-NC-ND
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