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    Employment experiences of parents of children with ASD or ADHD: an exploratory study

    Hill, E.L. and Jones, A.P. and Lang, J. and Yarker, Joanna and Patterson, A. (2015) Employment experiences of parents of children with ASD or ADHD: an exploratory study. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities 61 (3), pp. 166-176. ISSN 2047-3869.

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    Abstract

    Parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are often hindered by their carer status as they seek to obtain and maintain employment opportunities. These parents can incur financial, social, and psychological distress related to their inabilities to commit to the demands of a typical work environment. This paper seeks to identify the course of employment for parents following a child’s diagnosis. This paper also seeks to delineate factors that influence continued employment despite carer status, as well as the factors that prevent continued employment. A sample of 10 parents of children with a primary diagnosis of ASD and a sample of 10 parents of children with a primary diagnosis of ADHD were interviewed concerning their employment experiences before and after the diagnoses of their children. The interviews were analyzed using interpretive phenomenological analysis and produced several discrete themes. Participants identified a desire for normality, as well as financial motivation, as the primary factors determining continued employment. These parents also reported various barriers to employment such as lack of availability of adequate childcare, colleague and manager misunderstanding, inflexible organizational policies, and inaccessibility of opportunity. These findings offer a qualitative overview of the vocational struggles of parents of children with ADHD and ASD while implying the necessity of support and education for this often-overlooked group of carers, as well as those who employ them.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, employment experience, barriers, facilitators, parents
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2019 14:20
    Last Modified: 27 Jul 2019 08:08
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/28274

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