The Experience of Military Families with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders During Relocation and Separation

Jennifer M. Davis, Erinn H. Finke

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Military families with a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are underrepresented in the literature. In order to provide appropriate services, research must be done to determine the needs of these families. A qualitative methodology was used to interview military spouses with children with ASD about their experiences with therapeutic services. Overall, results indicate military families with a child with ASD experience challenges associated with both the military lifestyle and having a child with special needs. Due to their membership in two groups prone to support limitations and therapeutic service accessibility issues, military families with a child with ASD may be at additional risk for high levels of stress and difficulty obtaining and maintaining ASD related services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2019-2034
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 19 2015


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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