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Parents and Families
Parents and families
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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 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 ...

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