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ERIC Number: EJ1065474
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
"Well the Future, That Is Difficult": A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Analysis Exploring the Maternal Experience of Parenting a Young Adult with a Developmental Disability
Thackeray, Lisa A.; Eatough, Virginia
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v28 n4 p265-275 Jul 2015
Background: The predominant focus of extant literature exploring maternal experience of developmental disability has been stress, adaptation, efficacy of interventions and the burden of care. Most studies involve mothers of children, with scant attention given to what life is like later. This study qualitatively explores the experience of mothers of young adults (aged 19-28). Materials and methods: Semi-structured interviews conducted with six women aged 48-60 were transcribed and analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Results: Three themes illustrate how mothers are confronted with their adult children's continuing need for support and how a lack of trust in social care creates anxiety about the future, increasing awareness of mortality. Conclusions: Vulnerability represents a useful concept for understanding these findings theoretically. Galvin & Todres' (2013) conceptual framework for the humanization of care provides the opportunity to prioritize the needs of individuals by highlighting dimensions of existence which confer meaning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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