A modified hermeneutic phenomenological approach toward individuals who have autism†
Article first published online: 7 MAY 2010
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Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 33, Issue 3, pages 265–271, June 2010
How to Cite
Newman, C., Cashin, A. and Waters, C. D. (2010), A modified hermeneutic phenomenological approach toward individuals who have autism. Res. Nurs. Health, 33: 265–271. doi: 10.1002/nur.20382
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- Issue published online: 17 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 7 MAY 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 MAR 2010
- hermeneutic phenomenology;
- Martin Heidegger
Individuals with autism have a unique cognitive processing style characterized by impaired abstraction, impaired theory of mind, and visual as opposed to linguistic processing of information. A consequence of this unique cognitive processing style is that traditional ways of hermeneutical phenomenological examination may be inadequate to achieve the kind of understanding of experience toward which this method is directed. In order to stay true to Heidegger's hermeneutic phenomenology, we needed to develop modifications to this research methodology, which include the use of visual aids to promote participant engagement and access the eidetic memory of a participant with autism, so as to elicit concrete descriptors of an experience. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 33:265–271, 2010