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Parents' perceptions of autism and their challenges in China

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Wangqian Fu corresponding author
Yawen Xiao
Cui Yin
Ran Xu


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by social communication deficits and restricted or repetitive behaviors. Parents play a significant role in research, clinical practice and policy development on autism. Parents' perceptions of autism can affect not only their own well-being, but also their children's development. Nevertheless, few studies have examined the parents’ perception of autism in Chinese context. The parents’ perception of autism questionnaire was applied to collect information from 171 families of children with ASD, mainly to investigate the knowledge of autistic children and the difficulties the family facing. The following conclusions were drawn from this study: (1) Mother as the primary caregiver for children with ASD; (2) Parents’ perception of ASD were various parents of autistic children have a good understanding of the symptoms, causes, age of onset and interventions, and their expectations of the prognosis and the future life of their autistic children are high; (3) The difficulties that faced by the parents are mainly composed of low social acceptance, family pressure and concerns about the effectiveness of interventions for their children. In consideration of the future development of children with autism and the mental health development of their parents, it is particularly crucial to support their parents with multifaceted support.

parents of children with autism, social awareness, family difficulties, parental perceptions

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This project was supported by the Grant No. 2021NTSS34 from the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities.
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Fu, W., Xiao, Y., Yin, C., & Xu, R. (2022). Parents’ perceptions of autism and their challenges in China. Advances in Developmental and Educational Psychology, 4(1), 130-142.


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