Seeking Research Participation: Parents of children on the autism spectrum

From the Facebook Page of St. Basil of Ostrog Serbian Orthodox Church of Mettawa-Lake Forest, Illinois: Make a Difference. Help by participating in the first research that can directly help children with autism and their parents. Be a part of helping to discover new information that can make a difference in lives. If your child, or someone in your family or you know someone who has autism in their family, please share this information. Let’s help every child we are blessed to have. Each is an angel of God.

Seeking Research Participation

My name is Tatiana Vukotic and I am currently a student within the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. I am in the process of completing my dissertation, entitled “Experiencing One’s Child With Autism Being Stared At During An Eastern Orthodox Liturgy: An Existential-Phenomenological Analysis.” The purpose of this study is to explore and understand parents’ lived experiences of being looked at/stared at in response to their child expressing “autistic” ways of being in the world during an Eastern Orthodox liturgy service from an existential-phenomenological

The purpose of attending to this research gap from an existential-phenomenological perspective allows for the uniqueness of parent experiences to be witnessed and expressed through the research. Implications of meaning themes will be discussed in considering what the described essence of the experienced phenomenon can offer to clinicians, parents of children with Autism and “autistic” ways of being in the world, the Eastern Orthodox community, and other religious communities from various cultures. This research will help us begin to consider how parents experience a stare and how this may connect to their experiences of acceptance and/or inclusion in faith communities, as well as help increase competency in clinicians for understanding religious and spirituality traditions.

I am seeking individuals who are between the ages of 21 and 55 and are currently parents of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or display “autistic” ways of being in the world (including stimming, complex hand/body movements, jumping, and vocalizing), and have attended a liturgical service at an Eastern Orthodox Church, to assist me in the completion of a study exploring the phenomenon of receiving a look or stare from another.

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Participants will be informed about the study and if consent to participate, will attend a 1-1.5 hour long interview at either the individual’s church or home-setting. The interview will be audio-recorded. Participation is completely voluntary and individuals can decide to stop participating at any time during the interview without penalty. All information will be held completely confidential.

As an incentive to participate, you will be compensated with a $25 Visa giftcard for your time. If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact me (Tatiana Vukotic, primary investigator) at the information listed below. If you have a relative or friend who is a parent of a child who has expressed “autistic” ways of being in the world during a liturgical service in the Chicagoland area, and feel that their knowledge would benefit this study, please share this flyer for their participation.

If you have any questions, please contact the research team:
Tatiana Vukotic, M.A.
Todd DuBose, M.Div., Ph.D.

To access: St. Basil of Ostrog Church Facebook Page 

To access the Church webpage: St. Basil of Ostrog Church Website 

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