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Painting the vortex: the existential structure of the experience of parenting a child with autism

By Andrew J Cashin

Abstract

The experience of parenting a child with autism is one of change to the parent\u27s self. The associated triad of impairment in autism of impaired communication, social skills and a repetitive way of being permeates into the self of the parent through the medium of the social parent child relationship. This is a progressive process likened to the parent being pulled into a vortex. The existential mechanisms through which this may plausibly occur are considered

Topics: autism, Dasein, parenting, phenomenology, Medicine and Health Sciences
Publisher: ePublications@SCU
Year: 2004
DOI identifier: 10.1080/08037060410000632
OAI identifier: oai:epubs.scu.edu.au:hahs_pubs-1790
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