Introduction: There is increasing recognition that raising a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is stressful and challenging, particularly for mothers in resource-constrained countries. The aim of this study was to learn more about the experiences of black African mothers raising children with ASD and to gain a better understanding of the care burden. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine purposively recruited mothers of children with ASD and analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Results: The findings revealed that caring for children with ASD puts a tremendous psychological, emotional, and financial strain on mothers. Mothers commonly faced social judgment and stigma, which manifested as internalized self-blame, isolation, and social exclusion for both themselves and their children. Conclusion: The findings highlight the critical need to increase psychosocial support for mothers of children with ASD who live in resource-constrained countries.
|Open Public Health Journal
|Published - 2023
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Caregiving burden
- Psychosocial support
- Resource-constrained countries