The Emotional Challenges of Raising a Child Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is prevalent in 1 out of every 110 children born in the United States today. This paper looks at both the individual and relationship challenges frequently experienced by parents raising children diagnosed with ASD. Research indicates that the atypical experiences and chronic stressors associated with raising a child diagnosed with ASD impacts individual functioning and frequently leads to increased marital discord for couples. Also included are positive and negative coping mechanisms of parents and the applications of Adlerian Psychology. The last section includes the personal story of one mother who is raising a child living with ASD.

Tamara Faye Phillips
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