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ERIC Number: EJ835125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Mental Health Problems in Young People with Intellectual Disabilities: The Impact on Parents
Faust, Hannah; Scior, Katrina
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v21 n5 p414-424 Sep 2008
Background: Young people with intellectual disabilities seem to be at increased risk of developing mental health problems. The present study set out to examine the impact such difficulties can have on parents. Method: Semi-structured in-depth interviews were carried out with 13 parents and one adult sibling of 11 young people with intellectual disabilities and additional mental health problems. Results: Parents described far reaching negative consequences of the young person's mental health problems. In many parents these re-evoked intense past feelings of grief and triggered feelings of helplessness and despair. Conclusions: Parents' experiences appear to be characterized by confusion, loss and hardship. Services do not seem to be attuned to the high level of emotional and practical needs of these parents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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