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ERIC Number: EJ784353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
Older Parents of People Who Have a Learning Disability: Perceptions of Future Accommodation Needs
Davys, Deborah; Haigh, Carol
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v36 n1 p66-72 Mar 2008
The aim of this qualitative study was to provide an insight into the perceptions of older parents of learning disabled people on the future accommodation needs of their adult children. Semi-structured interviews were used to seek parental awareness of residential options available, concerns in relation to future accommodation and the preferred accommodation options for their offspring. Four couples who shared the family home with an adult who has a learning disability took part in the study and data were analysed using a step-by-step form of content analysis as described by Burnard ["Nurse Educ Today" 11 (1991) 461]. Emergent themes from transcripts were then organized into main categories. The results of this study suggest that older parents are dissatisfied with both statutory and private services, that they have concerns for their nondisabled children and their own ageing. Being a parent to a person who has a learning disability is seen to be a difficult task and yet parents may want to provide support at home for as long as possible. Of the parents who participated in this study, three couples wanted to maintain their adult child at home for as long as possible and the parents who were actively seeking accommodation outside the family home expected to be involved in all aspects of their daughter's care for the long-term future.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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