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A consideration of medicalisation: Choice, engagement and other responsibilities of parents of children with autism spectrum disorder

Valentine, K.,

Academic Literature

2010

This paper reports on a qualitative study of parents’ experience of diagnosis and treatment, conducted in four states in Australia in 2008–2009. It draws on 49 interviews with parents of young children with autism, and with early intervention service providers and clinicians. Our study shows that the importance of choice in decisions around treatment cannot be subsumed under the single category of disenfranchisement or engagement. The diverse responses of parents to the diffuse, complex field of autism treatment illustrate an admixture of consumption, advocacy and education driving contemporary medicalisation.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Social Science & Medicine

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing

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