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Connell, Zara O.; Halloran, Maeve O.; Doody, Owen – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2016
People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are born into families and influence family functioning both positively and negatively. One of the most enduring relationships a person with ASD will have is their relationship with a brother or sister. Services for people with ASD should provide effective support to families, which include brothers,…
Descriptors: Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Sibling Relationship, Family Programs
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Milot, Élise; Turcotte, Daniel; Tétreault, Sylvie – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2016
In several countries, a growing number of adults with cognitive limitations decide to become parents. However, exercising this right requires the implementation of measures and services that foster their ability to assume parental responsibilities. This study presents results collected in an exploratory study documenting the type of support…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disability, Parent Education, Parenting Skills, Child Rearing
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Mulligan, Bethany; John, Mary; Coombes, Rachel; Singh, Rosemary – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2015
Seven per cent of individuals with learning disabilities also display challenging behaviour ("Challenging behaviour: analysis and intervention in people with severe intellectual disabilities," 2001, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press), which has an effect on the whole family. Services need to be developed to support and reflect this…
Descriptors: Outcome Measures, Family Programs, Services, Child Behavior
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Whitehurst, Teresa – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2012
Learning of a child's disability can be a difficult time for any parent. Sensitive support is critical to ensuring parents understand the nature of the disability, the prognosis and services available to them. However, where the disability is not well understood, where professionals are not well informed and where pathways of care are not…
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Family Programs, Epidemiology, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
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Conder, Jennifer; Mirfin-Veitch, Brigit; Sanders, Jackie; Munford, Robyn – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2011
For adults with learning disabilities, becoming a parent can fulfil childhood dreams to take their place in society through a highly valued social role. Recent research aimed at describing the experience of parents with a learning disability suggests that there are barriers to successful planning for both pregnancy and parenthood. However, with…
Descriptors: Contraception, Family Programs, Child Rearing, Pregnancy
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Bloomfield, Linda; Kendall, Sally; Fortuna, Sandra – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2010
There has been a steady increase over the last 20 years in the number of parents with learning disabilities who are referred to social workers and community health practitioners. It is a common experience for parents with learning disabilities to have their child removed from the home and placed permanently in care, and although they are often…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Learning Disabilities, Child Rearing, Test Construction
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Kelly, Fionnola; Craig, Sarah; McConkey, Roy; Mannan, Hasheem – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2009
The National Intellectual Disability Database that operates in the Republic of Ireland is unique in Europe and provides an opportunity to examine trends over time for a total population in excess of 25,000 people with intellectual disabilities and their care arrangements. This paper describes the changes over a 10-year period in the proportion of…
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Parents, Foreign Countries, Caregivers
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Mcconnell, David; Dalziel, Allison; Llewellyn, Gwynnyth; Laidlaw, Kathryn; Hindmarsh, Gabrielle – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2009
Mothers with learning difficulties are often isolated within their local communities. They also report low levels of social support. Social disconnection is associated with high levels of stress and poorer mental health, and in turn, adverse parenting and child outcomes. In the study reported here, a multi-site, intervention group only, repeated…
Descriptors: Stress Variables, Research Design, Learning Problems, Mothers