Date of Award
Open Access Dissertation
Jonathan H. Ohrt
The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine the directional relationship between chronic sorrow and each of the following (a) family understanding, (b) social support, (c) coping behaviors, and (d) competence among parents of a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Specifically, this examination tested the hypothesized directional relationship that parents of a child with ASD scoring higher levels of family understanding, social support, coping behaviors, and competence indicate lower levels of chronic sorrow. A descriptive, correlational research design was employed to examine the research hypothesis. The data was analyzed using structural equation modeling (SEM). The results indicated parents of a child with ASD experience chronic sorrow. Moreover, these findings provide counselors with the knowledge and awareness to support parents of a child with ASD. A discussion of results, implications for counselors, and study limitations are provided.
Bordonada, T. M.(2017). Examining Chronic Sorrow Among Parents of a Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/4075