How Mothers Talk About Placement of Their Child With Autism Outside the Home

Michael K. Corman

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    In this article I use insights offered by the poststructural shift and linguistic turn in social scientific inquiry, specifically discourse analysis, to explore mothers’ talk about the placement of their child with autism outside of the home. By viewing mothers’ talk as data, I bring to light the discourses and interpretive practices that mothers drew on to organize their talk of placement. In doing so, I provide insights into how mothers gave meaning to processes of placement while also expanding on commonsensical discursive notions of “good” mothering, caregiving, and family. Implications of the findings are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1320-1332
    Number of pages13
    JournalQualitative Health Research
    Issue number10
    Early online date10 Sep 2013
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


    • Autism
    • caregivers / caregiving; children;
    • disability
    • coping and adaptation
    • discourse analysis
    • families, caregiving
    • language / linguistics
    • mothers, mothering
    • social constructionism
    • children
    • disability, developmental;

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)

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