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ERIC Number: EJ1124216
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-6295
Diagnoses, Labels and Stereotypes: Supporting Children with Intellectual Disabilities in the Hospital
Aston, Megan; Breau, Lynn; MacLeod, Emily
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, v18 n4 p291-304 Dec 2014
Children with intellectual disabilities (IDs) and their parents continue to experience stigma within health-care systems. Whilst some research studies have examined the stigma associated with children who have IDs, there continues to be a gap in understanding how the experiences of these children, their parents and nurses have been constructed personally, socially and institutionally. Face-to-face semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 mothers, 12 nurses and 8 children. Feminist post-structuralism and discourse analysis were used to examine the experiences of children, parents and nurses with the intent of understanding the dominant taken-for-granted everyday practices as well as hidden or marginalized practices. Four main themes emerged, which included the theme of Diagnoses, Labels and Stereotypes, which will be discussed in this article. Participants provided rich detail about their experiences in the hospital and how they addressed and often attempted to challenge the stigma associated with children with IDs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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