BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Date of Submission



Dr. Gulnaz Anjum, Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


The purpose of this study was to gauge the perceptions of the mothers of children with autism, from the diagnosis of their child till the stage they are at now. A phenomenological approach was adopted as ten interviews were conducted to study the perceptions of the mothers, in the socio-cultural context of Karachi. This study also incorporates the factors that play a part in the creation of the perceptions about autism and what the mothers feel at this point in time, whether they receive enough social and educational support from their surroundings. The mothers are part of the upper middle class as they can afford extensive therapies for their children. The hypothesis that this study is based on is if the mothers view the diagnosis as a tragedy, and how they deal with the support or the lack of it. The interviews disproved the hypothesis, showing the mothers to be loving and caring towards their child from the start of the journey. This study sets the groundwork for future research including an onset for a comparative analysis between mothers from the lower classes as compared to those from the upper classes.



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