Kevin Carroll, a student at Yorktown High School in New York, needs your help. He has noticed a gap in autism research that hit very close to home. While there is ample research on Autism and how it impacts parental stress and relationships, there has been very little study on how parental behavior and parenting style impact these same relationships. Kevin wants to identify trends that create strong parent-child relationships. After all, he has a lot of experience with this topic.
From his letter, “The reason I wanted to carry out this research project is because I am constantly in awe of how my single mother copes with the challenge of taking care of and raising three boys with ASD including myself.”
INARF encourages members to read Kevin’s letter below, and forward it to parents of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and ask them to complete the survey on parenting styles. Kevin is seeking responses nation-wide, and plans to share his results with all who participate.
Dear Parent of a Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder,
My name is Kevin Carroll. I am a student at Yorktown High School in Westchester County, NY.
I am doing a survey based research project on autism and parenting styles in the hopes of making a difference in the lives of families that have a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. I am working with Autism support groups from all around the USA as they are helping me to distribute the information and survey link.
The reason I wanted to carry out this research project is because I am constantly in awe of how my single mother copes with the challenge of taking care of and raising three boys with ASD including myself. I wanted to try to help parents of children with ASD by hopefully finding trends amongst those families that report a strong parent-child relationship.
In doing background research on strategies for helping children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, I found that there is a lot of research on how child behaviors affect parental stress and the parent-child relationship. What struck me was that there was very little research on how parentally controlled variables like parenting style affect parent-child relationship.
My goal is to address this gap in research.
In order to achieve my goal, I am hopeful that you will consider taking part of my anonymous, online survey by clicking on this link
I would be glad to send you the final results of my nationwide survey in the upcoming months just as I will be doing with numerous, nationwide autism support groups. I am hoping that this research may help us to determine which styles or behaviors lead to an improved relationship between parent and child as well as reduce stress in parents of children with ASD.
Thank you for considering to help me, help parents of children with ASD by participating in the survey
If you have any questions and/or would like to receive the results in the upcoming months, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also email my teacher, Mr. Blueglass at email@example.com
Thank you very much