“From Cause to Cure”: A Qualitative Study on Contemporary Forms of Mother Blaming Experienced by Mothers of Young Children with Autism Spe...

“From Cause to Cure”: A Qualitative Study on Contemporary Forms of Mother Blaming Experienced by Mothers of Young Children with Autism Spe...

“From Cause to Cure”: A Qualitative Study on Contemporary Forms of Mother Blaming Experienced by Mothers of Young Children with Autism Spe...

“From Cause to Cure”: A Qualitative Study on Contemporary Forms of Mother Blaming Experienced by Mothers of Young Children with Autism Spe...

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Référence bibliographique [19801]

Courcy, Isabelle et des Rivières, Catherine. 2017. «“From Cause to Cure”: A Qualitative Study on Contemporary Forms of Mother Blaming Experienced by Mothers of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder ». Journal of Family Social Work, vol. 20, no 3, p. 233-250.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«The purpose of this study is to explore the perceptions of blame and the feelings of guilt that […] mothers of child with ASD [autism spectrum disorder] have experienced. This study also aims to better understand the contemporary forms of mother blaming that mothers caring for young children diagnosed with ASD can be subjected to.» (p. 236)

Questions/Hypothèses :
«Do mothers perceive and experience blame related to the development of their child with ASD? If so, what are the forms of blame?» (p. 236)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
«Mothers were recruited at a rehabilitation center where their children were receiving early behavioral intervention services in the Montreal area (Canada). The participants had to live in the same home as their child with ASD to be eligible. […] Thirteen mothers expressed interest and were met.» (p. 237)

Instruments :
Guide d’entretien semi-directif

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


«Two major themes emerged from our analysis. […] The first theme emerged from our analysis focuses on contemporary forms of mother blaming that mothers had perceived in relation to their child’s diagnosis and his or her behaviours. The blame experiences reported by mothers in this regard presented themselves in three ways: (1) unveiling or not the child’s diagnosis and being seen as a mother who over-reacts, (2) being seen as a mother who is not able to raise her child, and (3) feeling guilty about “complaining”. (p. 239) «The second theme that emerged from our analysis focuses on the blame related to the fact that the “good” development of the child depends on the parental involvement in the intervention program. Three forms of mother blaming experiences related to that theme were identified: (1) feeling guilty for not having detected the child’s ASD symptoms earlier, (2) feeling guilty for not doing “enough,” and (3) feeling guilty for doing “too much”.» (p. 241) «Many forms of mother blaming experienced by the mothers in this study were mostly expressed by strangers, members of their family, their spouse, and friends. Although the mothers did not explicitly tell experiences of mother blaming related to social workers and practitioners they encountered with their child, some mothers argued strongly that the pressure mothers feel stems from having to do a lot of stimulation and intervention sessions with their child.» (p. 245)