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We are in this together
Curtin Univ, Australia; Univ Western Australia, Australia.
Curtin Univ, Australia.
Curtin Univ, Australia.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Community Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Pain and Rehabilitation Center. Curtin Univ, Australia.
2019 (English)In: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ISSN 1750-9467, E-ISSN 1878-0237, Vol. 58, p. 39-51Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background: Couple relationships play an integral role in family adjustment when a child has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), yet, it is unclear what factors contribute to the maintenance of relationship satisfaction in these couples. Method: Using phenomenology, data from eleven couple interviews were analysed to gain an understanding of the lived experiences of relationship satisfaction when raising a child with ASD. Results: The overall essence of "We are in this together" reflected the attitude that a strong partnership was beneficial in maintaining relationship satisfaction. This essence was captured in three main themes: 1) Shared beliefs, 2) Teamwork and 3) Shared experiences which closely paralleled the Walsh family resilience framework. Conclusions: Couples can be supported in these key areas to strengthen their relationship to serve as a source of resilience for families with a child with ASD.

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ELSEVIER SCI LTD , 2019. Vol. 58, p. 39-51
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Acceptance; Communication; Dyadic coping; Positivity; Resilience; Teamwork
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Psychiatry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-154573DOI: 10.1016/j.rasd.2018.11.011ISI: 000457515000005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-154573DiVA, id: diva2:1290495
Available from: 2019-02-20 Created: 2019-02-20 Last updated: 2019-02-20

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