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ERIC Number: EJ835109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Family Structure in Norwegian Families of Children with Disabilities
Lundeby, Hege; Tossebro, Jan
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v21 n3 p246-256 May 2008
Background: The idea that raising a child with disabilities has a negative impact on the parents' relationship is still widely accepted despite contradictory research findings. This article addresses the impact of raising a child with disabilities on family structure in the present Norwegian context. Method: Family demographics were collected at two stages during the childhood of children with physical, intellectual or multiple disabilities born 1993-1995 (1999, n = 603 and 2003, n = 489). These figures were compared with the corresponding data for all children (Statistics Norway, Children Statistics). Results: The family structures of children with disabilities were fairly similar to those of the typical family. Slightly fewer children with disabilities had siblings and a higher proportion of the parents of children with disabilities were married or cohabiting. The type or degree of impairment was not found to have any impact on family structure. Conclusions: The results suggest that family structure in families raising a child with a disability is similar to other families. Whether this should only be seen as positive is discussed, as is whether the disability may produce a stronger feeling of obligation to stay together.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway