Research Article  |   September 2015
Resilience in Daily Occupations of Indonesian Mothers of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Author Affiliations
  • Tri Budi Santoso is Doctoral Student, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo, Japan, and Lecturer, Surakarta Health Polytechnic, Surakarta, Indonesia; budi.ot@gmail.com
  • Yuko Ito, PhD, is Associate Professor; Nobuo Ohshima, PhD, is Professor; Mikiyo Hidaka, MSc, is Research Assistant; and Peter Bontje, MSc, is Associate Professor, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo, Japan
Article Information
Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder / Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Special Issue on Autism: Research Articles
Research Article   |   September 2015
Resilience in Daily Occupations of Indonesian Mothers of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 2015, Vol. 69, 6905185020p1-6905185020p8. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.017566
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 2015, Vol. 69, 6905185020p1-6905185020p8. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.017566
Abstract

This qualitative study investigated how resilience functions in the context of daily occupations for mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Fourteen mothers of children with ASD participated in two focus groups that were used to elicit stories of the mothers’ resilience in daily occupations. A constant comparative method was used for data analysis. A model of resilience in daily occupations of mothers of children with ASD was developed consisting of four categories: (1) creating and re-creating accepting conditions, (2) finding solutions, (3) striving for balance among daily occupations, and (4) thinking about the child’s future. Sources of resilience were found to reside in both the mothers themselves and their social environments. Occupational therapy practitioners can use these findings in developing supportive approaches aimed at mothers, family members, and other people in the lives of children with ASD.