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ERIC Number: EJ1172588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-6295
Education Creates Comfort and Challenges Stigma towards Children with Intellectual Disabilities
Breau, Lynn M.; Aston, Megan; MacLeod, Emily
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, v22 n1 p18-32 Mar 2018
Children with intellectual disabilities (IDs) are frequent users of the healthcare system, yet nurses report they receive little education regarding specialized medical, social and relational needs of this population. Therefore, parents take on a greater burden of care while their child is in hospital than do parents of typically developing children. This article reports findings from a qualitative study that used feminist poststructuralism to examine the hospital experiences of eight children with IDs, 17 mothers and 12 nurses. Nurses and mothers reported a lack of knowledge and education regarding the healthcare of children with ID and identified a need for more education. Participants noted that physical care of children with ID was prioritized as more important than communication and relationships. This unintentional prioritization was socially and institutionally constructed through stigma and stereotypes about people with IDs. Nurses and parents offered suggestions to access and increase ID education for healthcare professionals.
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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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