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Family-focused autism spectrum disorder research: A review of the utility of family systems approaches

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Abstract


  • A family member with an autism spectrum disorder presents pervasive and bidirectional influences on the entire family system, suggesting a need for family-focused autism spectrum disorder research. While there has been increasing interest in this research area, family-focused autism spectrum disorder research can still be considered relatively recent, and there are limitations to the existing literature. The purpose of this article is to provide theoretical and methodological directions for future family-focused autism spectrum disorder research. In particular, this article proposes Family Systems approaches as a common theoretical framework for future family-focused autism spectrum disorder research by considering theoretical concepts such as Boundaries, Ambiguous Loss, Resilience and Traumatic Growth. We discuss reasons why these concepts are important to researching families living with autism spectrum disorder and provide recommendations for future research. The potential for research grounded in Family Systems approaches to influence clinical support services is also discussed.

UOW Authors


  •   Preston, Elizabeth (external author)
  •   Jones, Sandra C. (external author)
  •   Magee, Christopher (external author)
  •   Caputi, Peter

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Cridland, E. K., Jones, S. C., Magee, C. A. & Caputi, P. (2014). Family-focused autism spectrum disorder research: A review of the utility of family systems approaches. Autism: the international journal of research and practice, 18 (3), 213-222.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84896131817

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2394&context=sspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1395

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 9

Start Page


  • 213

End Page


  • 222

Volume


  • 18

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • A family member with an autism spectrum disorder presents pervasive and bidirectional influences on the entire family system, suggesting a need for family-focused autism spectrum disorder research. While there has been increasing interest in this research area, family-focused autism spectrum disorder research can still be considered relatively recent, and there are limitations to the existing literature. The purpose of this article is to provide theoretical and methodological directions for future family-focused autism spectrum disorder research. In particular, this article proposes Family Systems approaches as a common theoretical framework for future family-focused autism spectrum disorder research by considering theoretical concepts such as Boundaries, Ambiguous Loss, Resilience and Traumatic Growth. We discuss reasons why these concepts are important to researching families living with autism spectrum disorder and provide recommendations for future research. The potential for research grounded in Family Systems approaches to influence clinical support services is also discussed.

UOW Authors


  •   Preston, Elizabeth (external author)
  •   Jones, Sandra C. (external author)
  •   Magee, Christopher (external author)
  •   Caputi, Peter

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Cridland, E. K., Jones, S. C., Magee, C. A. & Caputi, P. (2014). Family-focused autism spectrum disorder research: A review of the utility of family systems approaches. Autism: the international journal of research and practice, 18 (3), 213-222.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84896131817

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2394&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1395

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 9

Start Page


  • 213

End Page


  • 222

Volume


  • 18

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom