Publication Date

2016

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Henningsen, Mary L.

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of Communication

LCSH

Autism spectrum disorders||Communication in organizations||Disclosure of information||Interpersonal relations

Abstract

This study uses communication privacy management theory (i.e., CPM, Petronio, 2002) as a framework to understand the communication that occurs between parents who have a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis and people outside of the parental dyad. The study focused on the foundations of privacy rules and boundary turbulence for parents of children who have an ASD diagnosis. Overall, the results indicated a great deal of support for the application of CPM in this context. Parents were able to articulate why and when they share information about their children's autism spectrum diagnoses. The results support the investigation of core and catalyst criteria governing private information sharing in this context. Their responses supported that privacy orientations affect disclosure.

Comments

Advisors: Mary Lynn Henningsen.||Committee members: Ferald Bryan; David D. Henningsen.||Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

v, 49 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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