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Viewpoints on what is important to maintain relationship satisfaction in couples raising a child with autism spectrum disorder
Curtin Univ, Australia; Univ Western Australia, Australia.
Jonkoping Univ, Sweden.
Univ Oslo, Norway.
Curtin Univ, Australia.
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2019 (English)In: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ISSN 1750-9467, E-ISSN 1878-0237, Vol. 65Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background; Despite the challenges associated with raising a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), many couples maintain satisfying relationships. However, it is not clear which factors couples prioritise as most important to this positive adaptation. Methods: This study used Q-methodology to explore the viewpoints on factors most important to maintaining relationship satisfaction from the perspective of those experiencing it. Data from 43 caregivers raising a child with ASD were analysed using by-person varimax rotation factor analysis. Results: Two key viewpoints were identified: 1) Building effective communication through openness, honesty and conflict resolution, and 2) Building a strong partnership by sharing parenting responsibilities. Conclusion: Couples should be supported to strengthen communication processes and work in partnership to raise their child with ASD through family-centred interventions aimed at promoting relationship satisfaction.

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ELSEVIER SCI LTD , 2019. Vol. 65
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Conflict resolution; Communication; Dyadic coping; Marriage; Partnership; Strengths; Teamwork
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Psychiatry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-159121DOI: 10.1016/j.rasd.2019.04.008ISI: 000474504900001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-159121DiVA, id: diva2:1339683
Available from: 2019-07-30 Created: 2019-07-30 Last updated: 2019-07-30

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