Autism has affected many families throughout history. There have been many studies done on both sides of the spectrum regarding the emotional, physical, and financial stress that parents, siblings, and an individual who has autism experience. Although some research disagrees, a significant number of studies suggest that autism causes harm and stress to both the parents and child. Autism has become a problem for families who experience it. A phenomenological approach was used in the present study to understand the lived experiences of an individual with autism and how those experiences impact the individual and his or her family members. The present study conducted interviews on five separate individuals to determine the lived experiences of these individuals who had a diagnosis of autism and how these experiences affected them as an individual and their family members. The present study examines autism through the lens of phenomenology. The results showed that these five individuals experienced physical, emotional, and financial effects with their autism.
Keywords: autism, family, emotional stress, physical effects, financial effects, phenomenology, qualitative study
Preston Sartain is a student in the Leonhart Schiemer School of Psychology and Biblical Counseling program. He is expected to earn a bachelors degree in Psychology 2021.