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ERIC Number: EJ819186
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1934-9556
Mothers of Children with Down Syndrome: Constructing the Sociocultural Meaning of Disability
Lalvani, Priya
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v46 n6 p436-445 Dec 2008
A qualitative study explored mothers' experience of the birth of a child with Down syndrome within a sociocultural context. Nine mothers of children with Down syndrome were interviewed. Mothers discussed responses to their child's diagnosis as well as negative attitudes toward disability that were displayed by members of the medical community. The narratives highlight the process of meaning-making that these mothers engaged in, their resistance to the dominant discourse on disability, and their eventual transformations in perceptions of disability and motherhood. The study suggests that the meaning of Down syndrome may be culturally embedded and that mothers of children with Down syndrome locate their child's disability within a social environment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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