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Parental Perceptions and Responses on Stigmatization of Their Offsprings in Parents of Children with Autistic Disorder

  • Journal of Special Education: Theory and Practice
  • Abbr : JSPED
  • 2014, 15(3), pp.161-189
  • Publisher : Research Institute of the Korea Special Education
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education

Kim, Kyo Yeon 1

1선문대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study investigated how people with autistic disorder are stigmatized,through exploring the perceptions of their parents, and how parents respondedto the stigmatizing situations. This study employed the individual interviewsinvolving 10 parents of children with autistic disorder, and used constant comparativeanalysis of grounded theory for analyzing data. Three themes emerged on parental perceptions of the stigmatization of theirchildren, including a) stereotyping, b) separative and exclusive attitudes ofothers, c) discrimination. Parental responses about the stigmatizing situationsinvolved three themes, which included a) some management strategies of stigma,like avoidance and adjustment, b) diverse resistant strategies, like not acceptingstigmatizing remarks and behaviors, requesting support, improving disabilityawareness of people, and encouraging collective responses of parents, c) socialmodel of disability as a grounded perspectives for resistance of parents. This study suggested some mass education and parent education which istargeted for eradicating the discrimination against people with disabilities andraising parental consciousness of anti-discrimination, kinds of guidelines andmeasures for promoting the anti-discriminatory practice of education and socalwork professionals, and governmental effort for developing quality service systemfor people with autistic disorder.

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