Psychosocial Impacts of Autism on Families and their Perceptions on the Supports Provided at Joy Center NIA Foundation for Autistic Children In Addis Ababa

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Addis Ababa University


The purpose of this study was to assess the psychosocial impacts of autism and the support systems to families of children with autism and their perception of the supports provided. To do this, a narrative research design was used for the study and qualitative approach was employed. Data were gathered from Joy Center Nia Foundation for Autistic children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. First, the researcher availed himself to employ observervation session. Then, using interviews, focus group discussion and observation; three teachers, including one head of teachers, five parents have participated in the study to obtain the necessary data. Findings of the study revealed that these parents were getting the support they needed even though there were a number of support systems yet to be accomplished. Experience and educational level of families appeared to have significant relationship with the provision of the support system and its application. Besides, psychological problems such as depression, exculsion, anxiety, fear, etc had also been their major problems. Caregivers are also found to get subsistence amount of money which can otherwise affect the support system. Following the findings and conclusions drawn, it is recommended that the government and other pertinent bodies should work in collaboration with the management of the center in areas where families can benefit a lot and ameliorate their current problems. It is also recommended that the center should do its very best to make the center a conducive research place for all who come to carry out their studies



Psychosocial Impacts of Autism on Families