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Mothers Of Children With Autism - Interviews For Research

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#1 VerityLM


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:21 PM

Hi All,

My name is Verity and I’m a teaching assistant at a school in Wimbledon for children with special needs. I’m currently undertaking an MSc in the Psychodynamics of Human Development through the School of Social Science, Birkbeck, University of London.


I am recruiting participants for my dissertation research project, which will explore the experiences of parents whose children have been diagnosed with Autism. I am hoping to understand a bit more about what the diagnosis means to family-life, and what has influenced these experiences. Participants must be mothers of children who have an Autism diagnosis. 

Participation would involve a 1-1.5 hour semi-structured interview at a convenient and private location (possibly your home, or a room on University grounds). This will be recorded to aid my transcription. After which, a code will be attached to your data so it remains totally anonymous and the recorded data will be destroyed. This dissertation has received ethical approval through Birkbeck School of Social Sciences. 


Topics would include: 
The mother’s experience of the diagnosis process 
The mother’s experience of her relationship with her child 
The mother’s experience of support/understanding from family, friends and professionals 
The mother’s experience of her child 
The mother’s understanding of ASD 
The mother’s interpersonal experience 

If you agree to take part your anonymity will be assured, and you are able to stop the interview at any stage and are under no obligation to discuss anything you are not confortable with and can withdraw consent at any time. 
My dissertation is supervised by a University staff member, who may be contacted at any time. I am able to give you his details via email (I'm uncomfortable posting them online). 

Please do let me know if you would like to participate in an interview towards my research. I am very interested in, and very passionate about this area, and would love to hear from people to increase knowledge and understanding around these experiences. 
Best wishes, 

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 08:36 AM

I would be willing, but I live too far away.


I would like to make the following points though in the hope that they will be of use. 


For your research you will be talking to people who live closer to where you are who's experience will be totally different to mine as support in rural areas is impacted by low population and distance, compared to the heavily populated area that your samples will be drawn from.


Like many others I have 2 children with autism, and my relationship with each of them is different due to the very different nature of the 2 boys, it is important to consider this too as many questionnaires do not.


Good luck with your research and please let us know when it is complete

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 09:17 AM

Hi there.


I'm reluctant to give face to face interviews and to be recorded it's just not something I would be comfortable with.


If it was something that could be submitted in report format I may consider it although at the moment I am under pressure as my son is going through his Year 5 Transitional Review which is taking all my spare time up at the moment.


Good luck with your research.

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 04:24 PM

May I suggest using Facetime or Skype as well - that way you can reach the whole nation, and use a Dictaphone to record the conversation through the speakers?


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