Hi, I'm a MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology student at Swansea University in Wales. For my master’s dissertation, I am investigating the effect that receiving a child’s autism diagnosis can have on parents by looking at both personal growth and stress symptoms that occur following the diagnosis. I hope to identify the characteristics of the parents that lead to these experiences. Understanding how parents are affected is important as a parent’s mental health is often overlooked yet can have a large impact on their family and lives. I am looking for mothers and fathers who have a child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and would be willing to complete an anonymous 20-minute online survey. If interested, please follow this link: http://psy.swansea.ac.uk/questionnaires/716144/ to find the information sheet, consent form, and questionnaire. A further explanation of the study is provided to the participants in a debrief form at the end of the questionnaire. If you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com. I would be happy to provide anyone who participates a copy of the results at the end of the study. This project has been approved by the Ethics Board of the university and is supervised by Prof Phil Reed. You can also contact my supervisor at: firstname.lastname@example.orgYour participation would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time and help. Kind regards, Shannon
Thanks so much to everyone who participated in my study. I've submitted my dissertation and my supervisor wants to publish the study. So a HUGE thanks to you all. In order to publish, we'd like to have a larger sample so I am looking for more participants. If you haven't already participate, please consider it! This research's aim is to help understand parent's experiences and the personal effect that caring for a child with autism can have on a parent.Thanks again!