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Psychological support for mothers of children with autism spectrum disorders via traditional Russian tea party 1519
Belopolskaya N.L., Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Chair of the Special Psychology, Department of Clinical and Special Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, email@example.com
Ruban O.V., senior lecturer, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Russia, :firstname.lastname@example.org
The study aimed to discuss the possibility of providing psychological support for mothers of children with autism spectrum disorders via traditional Russian tea party. Questionnaire results, according to which mothers of children with ASD are essentially focused on receiving psychological counseling in the area of child development and education are presented. However personal problems of the woman, including psychological weightiness is usually taken a back seat. The research supports a hypothesis that informal format of tea party allows mothers decreasing psychological distance with psychologist, feeling at ease. The article includes an analysis of psychological meetings focused on personal life questions of participants. The results obtained in the research showed effectiveness of this approach. The Russian tea party is a meeting form that fosters the growth of confidence toward psychologist, expanding the range of personal questions that could be discussed. The mothers had the opportunity of open communication with each other, reported psychological safety valve.
Keywords: mothers of children with autism spectrum disorders, psychological support, a traditional Russian tea party
Column: Methods and techniques