Autism-Open Access

Autism-Open Access
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Autism Spectrum Disorder Research: Time for Positive Psychology

Kristy Lorraine Dykshoorn and Damien C Cormier

Many individuals with ASD, as well as their families, face significant stressors and challenges, but they can also experience strength and resilience. The investigation of positive experiences could be used to support and encourage families as they confront adversities and can increase these families’ life satisfaction. ASD research, to date, has been largely focused on the identification and remediation of deficits. The purpose of this paper is to describe the existing gap related to the absence of positive psychology within ASD research and suggest actions and directions to be taken by the research community to address this gap. This can be achieved by integrating positive psychology into ASD research with the goal of creating a balanced view of people and their experiences. For example, research into the role of positive emotions in resources-building and resilience-promotion is needed. Additionally, on-going investigation into the experience of life satisfaction by individuals with ASD and their families will help to inform professional intervention and support of these families. An argument for a shift in theoretical framework will be made and implications for future research will be discussed.

Published Date: 2019-01-16; Received Date: 2018-12-04