Enhancing supports for parents with disabilities: a qualitative inquiry into parent centered planning

Sharyn DeZelar, Elizabeth Lightfoot

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Abstract

There is a dearth of available supports and services aimed specifically at parents with disabilities. The Parent-Centered Planning (PCP) intervention was developed to fill this gap, aiming to enhance supports for parenting for parents with disabilities. This brief approach was modeled after person-centered planning, with a focus specifically on parenting. This qualitative paper explores the experiences of a sample of parents (N = 13) with physical, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who participated in a pilot study of PCP. Our study found that nearly all parents participating in the intervention strengthened relationships during the process of participation in PCP, clarified their goals related to parenting, and made progress toward their identified goals. The study also found that parents had mental health concerns, often related specifically to their disability supports. The article describes the nuances of these findings and discusses the implications for practice and future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-281
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Family Social Work
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The contents of this article were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90DPGE0001). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this article do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, or HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research [ 90DPGE0001 ].

Funding Information:
The contents of this article were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90DPGE0001). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this article do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, or HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. This work was supported by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research [90DPGE0001].

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Keywords

  • disability
  • Parenting
  • person-centered
  • social support
  • supportive intervention
  • social work

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