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ERIC Number: EJ828952
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1184-0412
"Something You Have to Do"--Why Do Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities Seek a Differential Diagnosis?
Watson, Shelley L.
Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, v36 n1-2 p168-198 2008
This basic interpretive study addressed the reasons why parents seek a differential diagnosis for their child who has a developmental disability. Fourteen parents were interviewed about why they sought a label for the disabilities of their child. Participants included six parents of children with identified genetic conditions, three parents of children with diagnosed autism spectrum disorders, and five parents of children with unidentified developmental disabilities. Parents described searching for a diagnosis because of the importance of "knowing," understanding the cause for the disability, gaining knowledge about future expectations and appropriate interventions, and gaining access to funding or specific services. An application to Patterson's (1988, 1989) Family Adjustment and Adaptation Response model (FAAR) is presented.
J.P. Das Developmental Disabilities Centre. 6-102 Education North, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-4505; Fax: 780-492-1318; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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