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ERIC Number: EJ1143284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Groups for Parents with Intellectual Disabilities: A Qualitative Analysis of Experiences
Gustavsson, Marie; Starke, Mikaela
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v30 n4 p638-647 Jul 2017
Background: Parents with intellectual disabilities (IDs) are often socially isolated and need support. Materials and Methods: This qualitative study is based on participant observations of a group for parents with with intellectual disabilities. Data were categorized and interpreted in the framework of social capital and symbolic interactionism. Results: Being a part of the parent group provided parents with a social network, which had the potential to be supportive in everyday life. The social workers in the group were seen as allies, and parents appeared to trust them and felt they could seek advice and tell them about their personal problems. The parents sometimes asked for advice about how to handle contacts with other professionals in their everyday life. The parents valued the social contact with the other parents. Conclusions: The group provided the parents with the opportunity to meet both other parents and two social workers. The group gave a greater number of social relations, adding to the parents' social capital and helping to reduce social isolation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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