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ERIC Number: EJ1003647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1366-8250
Disability and Family in the People's Republic of China: Implementation, Benefits, and Comparison of Two Mutual Support Groups
McCabe, Helen; McCabe, Karen
Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, v38 n1 p12-22 Mar 2013
Background: The authors and 2 Chinese parents established 2 support groups in China. One group was for parents of children with autism, and the other was for young adults with either mental health issues or intellectual disability, and their parents. The purpose of this study was to examine the meaning and effectiveness of these groups from the parents' perspectives. Method: Qualitative interviews and questionnaires were completed by members of the groups, across the first 16 months. Facilitator monthly reports were also analysed. Results: Members of both groups found the groups provided a feeling of belonging and a place to interact with similar people. Differences existed relating to perspectives on the purpose of the groups and how families benefited, as well as in participation rates. Suggestions were provided by members. Conclusions: Implications of the differences in participation and desires of the parents are considered, including the understanding and perceptions of various disabilities in China. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China