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ERIC Number: EJ832521
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7599
Constructing the "Ideal" Family for Family-Centred Practice: Challenges for Delivery
Dodd, Jenny; Saggers, Sherry; Wildy, Helen
Disability & Society, v24 n2 p173-186 Mar 2009
Family-centred practice positions families as the key decision-makers, central to and experts in the wants and needs of their child. This paper discusses how families interviewed for a Western Australian study describe their relationships with a range of allied health professionals in the paediatric disability sector. The allied health professionals, in turn, describe how they characterize the role of families caring for children with disabilities. We argue that the successful implementation of family-centred principles in service delivery need to move beyond the individualizing of responsibility and acknowledge the structural and systemic limits to family-centred practice, as well as the social complexity within which diverse families live. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia