The impact of the birth of a child with intellectual disabilities on pre-existing parental Christian faith from the perspective of parents who have parented their child to adulthood

Baines, Susannah and Hatton, Chris (2015) The impact of the birth of a child with intellectual disabilities on pre-existing parental Christian faith from the perspective of parents who have parented their child to adulthood. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 28 (6). pp. 524-535. ISSN 1360-2322

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Abstract

Background Faith in the lives of UK families with an adult with intellectual disabilities is an under-researched area with little existing literature. Research in the United States with Christian parents suggests that they draw on their faith for coping (Rogers-Dulan 1998) and for understanding (Skinner etal. 1999). Methods In this study, grounded theory methodology has been used to examine the impact on pre-existing parental faith of the birth of a child with intellectual disabilities from the perspective of parents who have parented their children to adulthood. Seventeen parents or couples took part in semistructured qualitative interviews about their faith. Results The majority of parents after their child were diagnosed with intellectual disabilities went through a period of flux when they questioned the role of God in the disability. Conclusions The positive or negative connotations of the attempts at meaning-making did not impact on the eventual outcome for the parents. They eventually put such existential questions aside, accepted their child, and continued in their faith. The implications of the research for health professionals, church organizations and researchers are considered.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
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76641
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Deposited On:
17 Nov 2015 09:40
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Yes
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Published
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