DOI: 10.17265/2159-5542/2014.08.005
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Jenny Fairthorne, Colleen Fisher, Jenny Bourke, Helen Leonard

Abstract: In order to identify factors affecting the quality of life of mothers of children with both autism and intellectual disability, the first author interviewed 16 mothers of affected 11-24 year olds and transcribed audio recordings of the interviews. The first two authors analysed the resulting texts using a hermeneutical phenomenological approach.Mothers described living with their child's challenging behaviours, adapting to the increased demands and resultant isolation as lowering their quality of life. They d…

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