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Older parents of people who have a learning disability: perceptions of future accomodation needs

Davys, D and Haigh, CA 2007, 'Older parents of people who have a learning disability: perceptions of future accomodation needs' , British Journal Of Learning Disabilities, 36 (1) , pp. 66-72.

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Abstract

The aim of this qualitative study was to provide an insight into the perceptions of older parents of learning disabled people on the future accommodation needs of their adult children. Semi-structured interviews were used to seek parental awareness of residential options available, concerns in relation to future accommodation and the preferred accommodation options for their offspring. Four couples who shared the family home with an adult who has a learning disability took part in the study and data was analysed using a step by step form of content analysis as described by Burnard (1991). Emergent themes from transcripts were then organised into main categories The results of this study suggest that older parents are dissatisfied with both statutory and private services, that they have concerns for their non-disabled children and their own ageing. Being a parent to a person who has a learning disability is seen to be a difficult task and yet parents may want to provide support at home for as long a possible. Of the parents who participated in this study, three couples wanted to maintain their adult child at home for as long as possible and the parents who were actively seeking accommodation outside the family home expected to be involved in all aspects of their daughter�s care for the long term future.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal Of Learning Disabilities
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1354-4187
Depositing User: Dr D Davys
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2011 09:53
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:48
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/14087

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