Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Michelle Sherwood


The purpose of this study was to examine the family unit after the addition of a child with special needs. Additional stressors, positive and negative emotions were also explored in this study. The results of this study suggested that all families have different experiences with their child but they may feel similar emotions, feelings, and face the same characteristics depending on their child's diagnosis.