Parental Supports for Parents with Disabilities: The Importance of Informal Supports.

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Abstract

This study explored the parental supports needed and received by 30 parents with disabilities. Participants reported a wide range of parental supports, with the top needed supports being informal supports, parenting classes, housing, child care, and respite care. Participants greatly preferred informal supports, which they found to provide emotional support and be flexible, over formal supports, which they found overwhelming and confusing. The findings are important for child welfare workers working with parents with disabilities. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-110
Number of pages22
JournalChild Welfare
Volume96
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2018

Keywords

  • CHILD care
  • CHILD welfare
  • CHILDREN of parents with disabilities
  • EMOTIONS (Psychology)
  • FAMILY services
  • HOUSING
  • PARENTING
  • PARENTING education
  • PARENTS with disabilities
  • RESPITE care
  • SOCIAL support

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