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ERIC Number: EJ813995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7599
Managing Turning Points and Transitions in Childhood and Parenthood--Insights from Families with Disabled Children in Norway
Ytterhus, Borgunn; Wendelborg, Christian; Lundeby, Hege
Disability & Society, v23 n6 p625-636 Oct 2008
This article explores turning points and transitions emerging in the life course of children with disabilities and their parents. Through in-depth interviews with parents we found that a change appears in disabled children's social participation and belonging, at approximately eight years of age for children with learning difficulties and at approximately ten years of age for children with mobility difficulties. Most of the parents experienced a "turning point" that directed them into either marginal or inclusive positions in adulthood. The "transition" emerges at a time described as a stable period of life for families in general and illustrates parents' experiences of the importance of both "doing" and "being" in parenthood and childhood. Parents' experiences are strongly interwoven with the child's life and access or lack of access to services and relational responses. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway