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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Mothers of autistic children, Adult child sexual abuse victims-Psychology, Single mothers, Autistic children-Services for, Qualitative research, Childhood trauma, Autism, Parenting


This single case study explored the experiences of a white, middle class, lesbian, single mother, with history of childhood trauma, raising her child on the autism spectrum. This was a qualitative exploratory study with semi-structured interviews as a way to collect data. The participant mother was interviewed a total of four times, one hour each interview. The interviews took place at public and private spaces, (e.g., public library, museums, coffee shops etc.). Due to unfinished data collection and the limitations present in the study, the results are inconclusive. Although the current literature on parenting children with a diagnosis other than autism link childhood trauma with negative parenting practices, more research needs to be done on the area of childhood trauma and parenting autistic children.




ii, 55 pages. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, 2015. Includes bibliographical references (pages 42-48)