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ERIC Number: EJ942444
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Average and Bright Adults with Parents with Mild Cognitive Difficulties: The Huck Finn Syndrome 20 Years Later
O'Neill, Audrey Myerson
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v24 n6 p566-572 Nov 2011
Background: This longitudinal study of 20 average and bright adults with parents with cognitive difficulties follows a study 20 years earlier of their childhood adaptation to their parents. Method: Semistructured interviews about life situation and changes and perception of family-of-origin. Results: The participants' socioeconomic status changed from poverty to a bell curve from upper middle class to underclass, with working class the mode. There was a high incidence of psychological disorders, especially depression and drug disorders, but two-fifths were currently diagnosis-free and one-fifth lifetime diagnosis-free. Three-fourths expressed a realistic view of their parents' difficulties. Nearly half the parents have received social support from their adult children, both those without and those with cognitive difficulties. Conclusion: Professionals should recognize the potential of children of parents with cognitive difficulties and their need for opportunity and family guidance on their behalf.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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