Perceptions of school by two teenage boys with Asperger syndrome and their mothers: a qualitative study

Carrington, Suzanne B. & Graham, Lorraine (2001) Perceptions of school by two teenage boys with Asperger syndrome and their mothers: a qualitative study. Autism : The International Journal of Research and Practice, 5(1), pp. 37-48.

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This qualitative study aimed to develop an understanding of the challenges faced by teenage boys with Asperger syndrome and their mothers. A case study approach was used to collect data from two 13-year-old boys who have Asperger syndrome and their mothers in Queensland, Australia. Data were collected through the use of semi¬structured interviews. The words of the boys and their mothers provide a valuable insight into the personal experiences and feelings of the par¬ticipants. An inductive approach to data analysis identified four themes: (1) developmental differences; (2) problems associated with the general characteristics of Asperger syndrome (i.e. communication and social difficulties, restricted range of interests, a need for routine); (3) stress; and (4) 'masquerading'. The first three themes relate strongly to the current literature, but the emergence of masquerading is of particular interest in developing a fuller understanding of the experiences of individuals with Asperger syndrome at school.

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ID Code: 1722
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Asperger’ Syndrome, school experience, mothers
DOI: 10.1177/1362361301005001004
ISSN: 1461-7005
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Sage Publications
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 01 Jul 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 14:21

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