How parents describe the positive aspects of parenting a child who has intellectual disabilities: a systematic review and narrative synthesis

Journal article


Wills, J and Beighton, C (2019). How parents describe the positive aspects of parenting a child who has intellectual disabilities: a systematic review and narrative synthesis. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.
AuthorsWills, J and Beighton, C
Abstract

Background:
Identifying what parents describe to be positive about parenting their child who has intellectual disabilities is important for professional practice and how parents can be supported over a lifespan.

Method:
Studies where parents describe the positive aspects of parenting a child with intellectual disabilities were identified via electronic databases searches and analysed in a narrative synthesis.

Results:
Twenty-two studies were included in the review. Positive aspects were defined and measured differently across the studies but eight consistent themes emerged that showed the construct to be multifaceted with most themes relating to the intrapersonal orientation of the parent.

Conclusion:
There is evidence that parents do identify positive aspects of parenting their child with intellectual disabilities, however the construct is poorly defined, not measured in a similar fashion across all studies and lacks theoretical underpinning. Evidence of factors likely to predict a parent’s ability to identify positive aspects is inconclusive.

Year2019
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
PublisherWiley
ISSN1360-2322
Publication dates
Print15 May 2019
Publication process dates
Deposited18 Apr 2019
Accepted15 Apr 2019
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
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