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ERIC Number: EJ1284232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
"Someone Will Come in and Say I'm Doing It Wrong." The Perspectives of Fathers with Learning Disabilities in England
Symonds, Jon; Abbott, David; Dugdale, Daryl
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v49 n1 p23-33 Mar 2021
Background: This article reports on the perspectives of fathers with a learning disability in England about being fathers and the support they have received. Although there is an established literature that considers parenting with a learning disability, few studies have focused on the perspectives of fathers. Method: We adopted a qualitative approach for this study, using semi-structured interviews with eight fathers with learning disabilities, recruited through learning disability organisations and social media. The data were analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Being a father was important to participants and the findings are presented in three themes: descriptions of fatherhood; challenges of fatherhood; and support with fatherhood. Conclusion: We discuss how fathers' perspectives on fatherhood relate to wider transformations of fatherhood in society, the impact of these on fathering with a learning disability and the implications for services.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)