A study on the demographical characteristics of parents with children diagnosed with autism, problem they face and their knowledge on alternative treatment methods

Simsek H. B. , Koroglu A. Y.

Cyprus International Conference on Educational Research (CY-ICER), CYPRUS, 8 - 11 February 2012, vol.47, pp.577-585 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 47
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.06.699
  • Country: CYPRUS
  • Page Numbers: pp.577-585


This study was conducted in an attempt to determine the demographic characteristics of parents with children diagnosed with autism and the problems they are confronted with. It is crucial to investigate the knowledge of parents on alternative treatment methods regarding the problems they experience. The sample of the study comprised a total of 123 parents training at Tunam Private Education and Rehabilitation Center, providing education for autistic children in the central district of Bursa. In the study, mothers and fathers were interviewed and 72 parents willing to participate in the study made up the sample. The questionnaire form developed by researchers was used in the collection of data. At the end of the study, it was ascertained that parents, in most cases, have problems regarding by whom the child is to be taken care of after family members die and that they are not capable of coping with the problems in providing their children with the basic needs and with social stigmas. Also, the relationship between such variables as the age of the father, the educational status of mother-father, the age of the autistic child and the knowledge on alternative treatment methods was found statistically significant.