ARE you a care giving parent of a young person with autism within the military community? If so, you’re invited to participate in a PhD research study being conducted through the University of Worcester. 

To date, much of the research involving military families has been USA-based, and no study within the UK has explored in-depth the experiences and perceptions of parents of young people with autism within a service family. It’s hoped that the findings of this study will contribute to policy and education of health and social care professionals. 

You’ll be asked to complete two telephone interviews, at your convenience, six months apart, and will be provided with an anonymous fictional name. Your location, ages of children and military connection will not be disclosed. 

To participate, you need to be:

A non-serving care giving parent of a young person with an autism diagnosis (written confirmation by a professional or educational establishment of autism/Asperger diagnosis or potential of this diagnosis) and aged between 13 and 25 if:

  • One parent is currently serving in British armed forces 
  • One parent has left the British armed forces within the last five years.

This research has received full ethical approval from the University of Worcester. If you wish to participate, please register your interest by contacting Philippa White at

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