A Narrative Analysis of Motherhood and Maternal-Efficacy among Women Raising Children with ASD
Raising children with ASD is associated with increased psychological stress and illnesses that impacts mothers more than fathers (Carter, de L. Martínez-Pedraza, & Gray, 2009; Phetrasuwan & Shandor Miles, 2009;); however, few studies have examined how motherhood and maternal-efficacy are perceived by mothers of ASD children. This dissertation examined how mothers of ASD children perceived motherhood and maternal-efficacy, and how their perceptions evolved throughout their childrearing experiences. The purposive sample included nine mothers who participated in two semi-structured interviews that were later transcribed, coded and structurally analyzed. Participants narrated early experiences of obtaining a diagnosis of ASD and related feeling criticized and blamed for their child’s atypical behaviors, but later discovered how their use of solution-focused behaviors enhanced their perceptions of maternal-efficacy. Participants’ narratives also suggested that they garnered strength and empowerment from their motherhood experiences and came to appreciate and normalize their experiences as mothers raising children with ASD.
Social work|Womens studies|Individual & family studies
Piepenbring, Julie, "A Narrative Analysis of Motherhood and Maternal-Efficacy among Women Raising Children with ASD" (2016). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI10153617.