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Students with autism spectrum disorder and their parents in the transition into higher education : impact on dynamics in the parent-child relationship

Valérie Van Hees (UGent) , Herbert Roeyers (UGent) and Jan De Mol (UGent)
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This study examined how 34 senior students and first-year college students with autism spectrum disorder, their mothers (n = 34) and fathers (n = 26) navigate the higher education transition, and how this context impacts on dynamics in the parent-child relationships. Semi-structured interviews were analyzed based on grounded theory and dyadic analysis principles. Both parties were confronted with an abundance of challenges and experienced strong feelings of ambivalence, stress and anxiety. Differences in perspectives occurred regarding the construction of adulthood, the acquisition of autonomy, disclosure and subscribing to support services. These differences caused tensions in the parent-child relationship, hindering the transformation of the relationship into an adult-like mutual relationship. Clinical implications are extrapolated on the basis of these findings.
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COLLEGE-STUDENTS, EMERGING-ADULTS, NEEDS, ADOLESCENCE, FAMILY, PERSPECTIVES, EXPERIENCES, IDENTITY, SUPPORT, YOUTH, ASD, Higher education transition, Qualitative research, Challenges, Support needs, Parent-child relationship, Interpersonal influences

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Van Hees, Valérie, Herbert Roeyers, and Jan De Mol. 2018. “Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Parents in the Transition into Higher Education : Impact on Dynamics in the Parent-child Relationship.” Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 48 (10): 3296–3310.
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Van Hees, V., Roeyers, H., & De Mol, J. (2018). Students with autism spectrum disorder and their parents in the transition into higher education : impact on dynamics in the parent-child relationship. JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS, 48(10), 3296–3310.
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Van Hees V, Roeyers H, De Mol J. Students with autism spectrum disorder and their parents in the transition into higher education : impact on dynamics in the parent-child relationship. JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS. New york: Springer; 2018;48(10):3296–310.
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Van Hees, Valérie, Herbert Roeyers, and Jan De Mol. “Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Parents in the Transition into Higher Education : Impact on Dynamics in the Parent-child Relationship.” JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS 48.10 (2018): 3296–3310. Print.
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  abstract     = {This study examined how 34 senior students and first-year college students with autism spectrum disorder, their mothers (n = 34) and fathers (n = 26) navigate the higher education transition, and how this context impacts on dynamics in the parent-child relationships. Semi-structured interviews were analyzed based on grounded theory and dyadic analysis principles. Both parties were confronted with an abundance of challenges and experienced strong feelings of ambivalence, stress and anxiety. Differences in perspectives occurred regarding the construction of adulthood, the acquisition of autonomy, disclosure and subscribing to support services. These differences caused tensions in the parent-child relationship, hindering the transformation of the relationship into an adult-like mutual relationship. Clinical implications are extrapolated on the basis of these findings.},
  author       = {Van Hees, Valérie and Roeyers, Herbert and De Mol, Jan},
  issn         = {0162-3257},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS},
  keywords     = {COLLEGE-STUDENTS,EMERGING-ADULTS,NEEDS,ADOLESCENCE,FAMILY,PERSPECTIVES,EXPERIENCES,IDENTITY,SUPPORT,YOUTH,ASD,Higher education transition,Qualitative research,Challenges,Support needs,Parent-child relationship,Interpersonal influences},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {10},
  pages        = {3296--3310},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  title        = {Students with autism spectrum disorder and their parents in the transition into higher education : impact on dynamics in the parent-child relationship},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3593-y},
  volume       = {48},
  year         = {2018},
}

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