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The benefits of mutual support groups for parents of children with disabilities

Solomon, M; Pistrang, N; Barker, C; (2001) The benefits of mutual support groups for parents of children with disabilities. AM J COMMUN PSYCHOL , 29 (1) 113 - 132.

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Abstract

This study examined what parents of children with disabilities and special needs found helpful about belonging to mutual support groups. Quantitative data (based on 56 parents from 6 groups) indicated that members found the groups very helpful and were very satisfied with the support they received from their groups; they also described the groups as high in cohesion, expressiveness, task orientation, and self-discovery. A grounded theory analysis of focus group data (based on 43 parents from 5 of the groups) indicated that such support was helpful in three broad domains: (2) the sociopolitical, which involved developing a sense of control and agency in the outside world; (2) the interpersonal, which involved a sense of belonging to a community; and (3) the intraindividual, which involved self change. A central theme of identity change emerged as superordinate to these three categories.

Type: Article
Title: The benefits of mutual support groups for parents of children with disabilities
Keywords: mutual support groups, self-help, parents, children with disabilities, SESSION IMPACTS SCALE, SELF-HELP, QUALITATIVE RESEARCH, SOCIAL SUPPORT, DISABLED-CHILDREN, PSYCHOLOGY, FAMILIES, MOTHERS
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3003
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