As Kearney and Griffin (2001) have suggested, the presence of a person with a learning disability within the family is frequently represented as being a negative influence on the wellbeing of parents and other family members. The diagnosis of a child as having a learning disability is suggested to provoke responses similar to those experienced in the event of a bereavement (Fitzpatrick and Dowling, 2007) and this is ‘ … merely the beginning of chronic, relentless stress, accompanied [Page 189]by continued sadness and, consequently, ongoing distress and dysfunction in families … ‘ (Kearney and Griffin, 2001: 583 citing Beckman, 1991). Such perspectives are said to be perpetuated by social, professional and societal attitudes and practices (Kearney and Griffin, 2001), with the ...
Parents and Families
Parents and families