Are parents identifying positive aspects to parenting their child with an intellectual disability or are they just coping? A qualitative exploration

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Beighton, C and Wills, JD (2016). Are parents identifying positive aspects to parenting their child with an intellectual disability or are they just coping? A qualitative exploration. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. https://doi.org/10.1177/1744629516656073
AuthorsBeighton, C and Wills, JD
Abstract

Although acknowledging the stress of raising their child with intellectual disabilities, parents also report that their child has brought about many positive changes for themselves and family. This study firstly reports what parents perceive to be a positive aspect of parenting their child as currently what constitutes a ‘positive’ is unclear. Seven key themes were identified; an increased sense of personal strength and confidence, changed priorities, greater appreciation of life, pleasure in the child’s accomplishments, increased faith/spirituality, more meaningful relationships and the positive effect that the child has on the wider community. Secondly, interpretive examination of the themes reveals that the positive aspects identified consist mostly of meaning-focused coping strategies. These enable parents to adapt successfully with the stressful experiences of raising their child and therefore could be amenable to meaning-focused therapeutic interventions for parents with newly diagnosed children or for those unable to identify any positive aspects of parenting their child.

Year2016
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disabilities
PublisherSage
ISSN1744-6309
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1744629516656073
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Accepted30 May 2016
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