The aim of this systematic review was to identify the views and experiences of fathers regarding their child’s Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis.
The diagnosis of a child’s Autism Spectrum Disorder may be a stressful experience, creating uncertainty for parents. There has been a limited research focus on the views and experiences of fathers in relation to the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder of their child.
A systematic literature review of quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research studies.
Academic Search Complete, CINAHL, MEDLINE and PsycINFO.
From August to October 2020, two authors independently performed a systematic data extraction and appraised the studies using a recognised instrument. The PRISMA checklist was used in the review.
Nine papers met the inclusion criteria. Four themes emerged: (a) gradual recognition of developmental delay, (b) an emotional time, (c) coping and adaptation and (d) ongoing adjustments to the fathering role.
Nurses and other professionals need to work collaboratively with fathers to improve their experiences and provide supports at the time of Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis.

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