Influence of cultural and religious aspects on the perception of autism in children by parents in Africa and the Middle East

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Abstract

The article includes a literary review of scientific works devoted to the study of specific features of the motivational and personal sphere of mothers with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), published in a number of countries in Africa and the Middle East. The author describes the difficulties faced by mothers in the process of education and treatment of their autistic children in these regions of the world; provides statistics on the extension of autism among the child population in South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Iran. The article presents studies assessing the degree of influence of religious and cultural aspects on the parents’ perception of their "special" children in Israel and Somalia.

General Information

Keywords: autism, family, mothers, cultural characteristics, religious aspects, Africa, Middle East, Israel, Somalia

Journal rubric: Medical Psychology

Article type: review article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/jmfp.2021100202

For citation: Kukanov A.A. Influence of cultural and religious aspects on the perception of autism in children by parents in Africa and the Middle East [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2021. Vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 20–26. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2021100202. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Andrey A. Kukanov, PhD in Psychology, Medical psychologist, Scientific-practical Children's and Adolescents Mental Health Center n.a. G. Sukhareva, Moscow Department of Health Care, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7507-7545, e-mail: andrej.kukanov@mail.ru

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