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The positive impact of children with an intellectual disability on the family

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This paper reports the findings of a qualitative study on the positive impacts of children with an intellectual disability on their families. The study identified nine core themes: source of joy and happiness; increased sense of purpose and priorities; expanded personal and social networks and community involvement; increased spirituality; source of family unity and closeness; increased tolerance and understanding; personal growth and strength; positive impacts on others/community. In addition to the positive impacts, the study identified a high degree of negative interaction with professionals. Implications for policy, practice and research are discussed. Keyword: Families

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Author
Stainton, T and Besser, H
Source
Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, Vol. 23, No. 1
Publisher
ASSID
Publication Date
1 January 1998
Category
Professionals
Keywords
Families
Origin
Australia

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