Experiences of fathers regarding the diagnosis of their child with autism spectrum disorder: A narrative review of the international research

Michael Brown, Lynne Marsh, Edward Mccann

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Abstract

Aim and objectives:

The aim of this systematic review was to identify the views and experiences of fathers regarding their child's Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis.

Background: The diagnosis of a child's Autism Spectrum Disorder may be a stressful experience, creating uncertainty for parents. There has been a limited research focus on the views and experiences of fathers in relation to the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder of their child.

Design: A systematic literature review of quantitative, qualitative and mixed‐methods research studies.

Data Sources: Academic Search Complete, CINAHL, MEDLINE and PsycINFO.

Methods: From August to October 2020, two authors independently performed a systematic data extraction and appraised the studies using a recognised instrument. The PRISMA checklist was used in the review.

Results: Nine papers met the inclusion criteria. Four themes emerged: (a) gradual recognition of developmental delay, (b) an emotional time, (c) coping and adaptation and (d) ongoing adjustments to the fathering role.

Conclusions: Nurses and other professionals need to work collaboratively with fathers to improve their experiences and provide supports at the time of Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2758-2768
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Volume30
Issue number19-20
Early online date05 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

Keywords

  • ASD
  • REVIEW
  • REVIEWS
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • diagnosis
  • fathers
  • nurses
  • support
  • systematic review

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