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ERIC Number: EJ1250103
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
"She'll Be Able to Live Independently… as Long as I'm Around": The "Lived" Experience of Parenting a Child with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome in the Transition to Adulthood
Goodwin, Jane; Swaab, Linda; Campbell, Linda E.
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v33 n3 p565-573 May 2020
Background: 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11DS) is the most common microdeletion syndrome. Parents of emerging adults with 22q11DS have an intense and ongoing involvement in their child's life. This study explores the lived experience of parents in relation to their child becoming independent and establishing intimate relationships. Method: Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to explore the positive and negative experiences of five parents of emerging adults with 22q11DS. Results: "Supervised independence" overarched four subordinate themes. These themes highlighted the difficulties experienced by parents attempting to relinquish control whilst still experiencing a need to keep their child safe as their child negotiated a complex stage of life. Parents waited for "signs" from their child before initiating conversations about intimate relationships. Conclusions: These findings provide insight into the lived experience of parenting a child through the transition into adulthood, providing a catalyst for further research with the aim of facilitating better services for families.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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