Journal of Undergraduate Research


children with autism, children with disabilities, Bosnia


David O. McKay School of Education


Counseling Psychology and Special Education


Bosnia was the center of conflict during the war in Yugoslavia from April 1992 to December 1995. In post-war Bosnia, where there are limited resources, families of children with special needs bare the burden of care on their own. Caring for a child with significant disabilities on a daily basis places immense pressure on Bosnian families (Hastie, 1997). Steiner points out, “For parents of children with autism, identifying positive characteristics of the child and the relationship may be particularly beneficial because the stressors associated with the disability are likely to be chronic, and cannot be easily mastered.” (Steiner, 2010)

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