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ERIC Number: EJ1136934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
"Framed": Terminating the Parenting Rights of Parents with Intellectual Disability in Iceland
Sigurjónsdóttir, Hanna Björg; Rice, James Gordon
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v30 n3 p543-552 May 2017
Background: The aim was to investigate the role of measured intellectual function in framing parents as 'unfit' in child custody deprivation cases. Method: Grounded theory was used to analyse a national sample of custody deprivation cases in Iceland 2002-2014. Results: The terminology used to evaluate and describe the intellectual and developmental status of parents in child deprivation custody cases served as a device to define and shape the 'unfit parent'. Intellect itself, whether as low, average or even above average at times acts as a master narrative which informs and explains all manner of perceived parental deficiencies. Conclusion: The intellectual and developmental status served as a yardstick of identifying, understanding and interpreting the unfit parent. As a tool to achieve an end, parents were framed in language and culture using underlying belief set to make sense of events and issues.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iceland
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