Perceived needs among parents of children with a mild intellectual disability in Sweden
2016 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, ISSN 1501-7419, E-ISSN 1745-3011, no 08 AprArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
Parents of children with a mild intellectual disability experience more distress and require more support than other parents. The aim was to investigate the perceived family needs of parents of children with an MID and to investigate the relationship between parents’ perceived self-efficacy in their parental role and in collaborating with professionals as well as with their perceived needs for support. Interviews were based on questionnaires to the parents of 38 children. The results revealed that parents perceived need for information, respite, and venues in which to meet other parents in similar situations. The informational needs were related to parental self-efficacy and obtaining support. A lower need for information was related to higher perceived control over services. In conclusion, it appears that professionals need to work to strengthen parents’ ability to ask for support and to express the needs. Well-informed parents will develop stronger parental self-efficacy and perceived control over services.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. no 08 Apr
Child, intellectual disability, need assessment, self-efficacy
Social Work Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-15391DOI: 10.1080/15017419.2016.1167773OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-15391DiVA: diva2:918974