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Viewpoints on what is important to maintain relationship satisfaction in couples raising a child with autism spectrum disorder
School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping). Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. IMPROVE (Improvement, innovation, and leadership in health and welfare).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2322-8115
School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
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2019 (English)In: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ISSN 1750-9467, E-ISSN 1878-0237, Vol. 65, p. 1-13Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background Despite the challenges associated with raising a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), many couples maintain satisfying relationships. However, it is not clear which factors couples prioritise as most important to this positive adaptation. Methods This study used Q-methodology to explore the viewpoints on factors most important to maintaining relationship satisfaction from the perspective of those experiencing it. Data from 43 caregivers raising a child with ASD were analysed using by-person varimax rotation factor analysis. Results Two key viewpoints were identified: 1) Building effective communication through openness, honesty and conflict resolution, and 2) Building a strong partnership by sharing parenting responsibilities. Conclusion Couples should be supported to strengthen communication processes and work in partnership to raise their child with ASD through family-centred interventions aimed at promoting relationship satisfaction.

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Elsevier, 2019. Vol. 65, p. 1-13
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Conflict resolution, Communication, Dyadic coping, Marriage, Partnership, Strengths, Teamwork
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-43735DOI: 10.1016/j.rasd.2019.04.008ISI: 000474504900001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85065769691Local ID: ;HHJARNIS;HHJCHILDIS;HHJIMPROVEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-43735DiVA, id: diva2:1317279
Available from: 2019-05-22 Created: 2019-05-22 Last updated: 2019-09-02Bibliographically approved

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