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ERIC Number: EJ1118064
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
A Qualitative Investigation into the Experiences of Having a Parent with a Learning Disability
Hewitt, Olivia; Clarke, Angela
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v44 n4 p292-300 Dec 2016
Background: More people with a learning disability are becoming parents. Little is known about the lived experiences of the children who have a parent with a learning disability. Methods: This study uses interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) to understand the lived experiences of people who have a parent with a learning disability. Five people who have a parent with a learning disability were asked about their experiences of being parented and their childhood more generally. Results: Four themes emerged from the interviews: 1) "Fitting in" within the wider family system, 2) The parental relationship and the impact of disability, 3) A difficult childhood and 4) Resilience. Conclusions: These findings are compared with the existing literature, and similarities and emerging findings are noted. Implications for services when supporting families with a parent who has a learning disability are discussed. Additional ideas about areas that require additional research are identified.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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