Qualitative Design Critique
This study examined the experiences of parents who have a child diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in regards to the amount of support and choices available during the time when the child is entering into the stages of early adulthood. Rather than obtaining data through surveys and questionnaires, the researchers gathered information through semi-structured interviews, allowing for more detailed and meaningful information. The problem addressed in this study is the current absence of support services offered, which leads to unmet needs of young adult individuals with disabilities during transitional periods. This article sought to consider the perspective from parents, as they experience significant demands and adopt a key role in caring for their child with a disability beyond the stages of childhood.
The research question addressed in this study involved exploring what themes can be identified among the perspectives of parents who have children with Autism. Specifically, the researchers explore the transitional period during young adulthood and the support offered to individuals with Autism during this time, as they shift to adult services. Information reared from this study intended to help facilitate future development and investigation of services offered.
Review of the Literature
The literature review of this article provides an overview of the previous research conducted in the area. The researchers outline the important features of the study that are commonly included in a literature review, such as the existing problem, the purpose of this study, and how it compares to previous research. A clear identified problem is evident in that unsatisfactory services for individuals with Autism has resulted in unmet needs during adulthood, which consequently impairs their ability to become fully independent of parental care, (Spiers, 2015). This study intends to help remedy the issue by exploring the perspectives of...