Fathima Muhsina Kodakkadan

PhD Researcher

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Psychology and Sport Science

Location: Cambridge

fathima.kodakkadan@pgr.anglia.ac.uk

Research interests

Thesis title:

Stress and Resilience among the parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder-A Cross-Cultural study.

Supervisory Team

Dr Steven Stagg
Dr Eimear Lee
Dr John Lambie

Research Group

Fathima is a member of our Autism Research Area which forms part of our Applied, Social and Health Psychology Research Group.

Summary of Research

Raising a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) involves unique challenges and specific cultural challenges are often not considered in research (Freeth et al., 2014). Cultural factors may influence how autism is experienced, recognised and explained in diverse communities. There has been very little cross-cultural research to date about the perceived emotional support and parental attitude toward children among parents of children with autism. Far less cross-cultural research has been conducted in non- western cultures compared to western cultures among parents of children with autism. Results from my studies will provide information, either regarding the similarity, or the differences, in the experiences of the parents. New culturally specific strategies to provide interventions to help parents overcome stress and enhance resilience shall be developed.

Recent presentations and conferences

Kodakkadan, F.M., 2019. ‘A cross-cultural study of building resilience among parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder’. Faculty of Science and Engineering 8th Annual research conference: Transforming lives, Anglia Ruskin University, 15 January. Cambridge.

Kodakkadan, F.M., 2018. ‘A cross-cultural study of building resilience among parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder’, 50th Anniversary Scottish Autism Conference, Innovation in Autism practice: the future is calling, 8-9 November. Scotland.

Kodakkadan, F.M., 2018. ‘A cross-cultural study of building resilience among parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder’, BPS EoE conference: From research to theory and practice. University of East Anglia, 18 September. Norwich.

Kodakkadan, F.M., 2018. ‘A cross-cultural study of building resilience among parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder’. 12th Annual research student conference, Anglia Ruskin University, 26 July. Chelmsford.

Conferences attended

11th Annual research student conference, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. 7 July 2017.

Faculty of Science and Technology 7th Annual Research Conference, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.10 May 2017.

Faculty of Science and Technology 6th Annual Research Conference, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. 2016.