What is this research study about?
This study aims to provide a clear understanding of how families including young people on the autism spectrum, their mothers, fathers, and siblings experience and define family identity, family relationships and family interactions and how these elements may foster and sustain constructive family experiences and inform services to provide improved support to families.
Why should I help?
The findings of this study will be used to help improve services and supports for families.
Who can take part?
You are invited to take part in this study if you live in Canberra or can travel to Canberra and you are either:
- a young person who is aged 13-17 years and you have a diagnosis of autism
- you are the parent or sibling of a young person aged 13-17 years and this young person has a diagnosis of autism.
Who is conducting this study?
This project is being conducted by Sebastian Trew for his PhD studies at Australian Catholic University. Sebastian has 12 years professional practice experience in family support work, youth work and disability work, working with families who have a child or young person on the autism spectrum. Sebastian also has experience conducting research with vulnerable young people and families in his current position as Research Officer at the Australian Catholic University’s Institute of Child Protection Studies. Sebastian is under the supervision of Professor Debbie Plath and Dr Parveen Kalliath, who both have broad experience in social work practice, education, research and consultancy
What will I be asked to do?
You will be asked to talk with Sebastian about:
• who you and your family are
• what you like to do with your family
• how you get along with your family, and
• who helps you and your family to have fun or relax.
When and where?
This project is being conducted in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. If you live in Canberra, Sebastian can meet at a time and place that is convenient to you.