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‘Mamiaith’: the lived experiences of mothers of children with autism in Wales.

Griffiths, Aranwen 2017. ‘Mamiaith’: the lived experiences of mothers of children with autism in Wales. DEdPsy Thesis, Cardiff University.
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An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) methodology was employed in order to explore the lived experience of bilingual parents of children and young people with Autism in Wales. This is an initial exploratory study aimed to explore a previously un-researched area. Due to the bilingual status of Wales, it was thought that an exploration in this area was pertinent. Much of the international research on bilingualism and ASC has focused on quantitatively examining the effects of bilingualism on children with ASC (Yu, 2016). However, this qualitative research has taken a social constructionist approach. Five semi-structured interviews were carried out with a homogeneous sample of parent participants (all Mothers). Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was conducted following the guidelines from Smith, Flowers and Larkin (2009) and the study demonstrates research validity under Yardley’s (2000, 2008) qualitative criteria. The super-super ordinate IPA themes were: Making Sense of Autism: The Winding Path, Making Sense of Bilingualism, and Ni a Nhw [Us and Them]: Navigating the Social World. A complex and multifaceted process was interpreted from the parents’ sense-making, which raises questions that warrant further exploration.

Item Type: Thesis (DEdPsy)
Date Type: Acceptance
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Funders: Welsh Government
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 July 2017
Date of Acceptance: 7 July 2017
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2017 10:42

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