“At a Moment, You Could Collapse”: Raising Children with Autism in the West Bank

Sarah DababnahIn the October 2013 issue of Children and Youth Services Review, Sarah Dababnah, a doctoral student at UNC’s School of Social Work, and Prof. Susan Parish from Brandeis University explore the issue of autism in the West Bank. “ . . . discrimination and stigma from extended family members and the larger community intensified parents’ feelings of shame and experiences of social isolation. While some parents coped by withdrawing from the community or denying the diagnosis, others aimed to increase social interactions and access information. Religious coping was found to be partly adaptive for some of the participants.” Read the entire journal article here.