Caregiver Burden, Autism, Autonomy, India, coping mechanisms, cathartic behavior


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Adopting a qualitative approach, with narrative analysis, an attempt will be made to understand the experience of ‘Caregiver Burden’ amongst 5-7 primary caregivers of children with Autism, in India. An attempt will also be made to capture their coping mechanisms and cathartic behaviours, to reduce stress. To this end, a Caregiver Burden Inventory and an Open Ended questionnaire, touching upon the main issues, will be used. The study also aims to perceive how autonomy as a personality trait can play a significant role in empowering oneself as a caregiver and subsequently have noteworthy consequences on the coping mechanisms and cathartic behaviour.



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