The experience of being a father of a son or daughter with an intellectual disability: older fathers’ perspectives

Dunn, K., Jahoda, A. and Kinnear, D. (2021) The experience of being a father of a son or daughter with an intellectual disability: older fathers’ perspectives. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 34(1), pp. 118-128. (doi: 10.1111/jar.12791) (PMID:32794330)

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Abstract

Background: As life expectancy for people with an intellectual disability increases, there is a growing cohort of older father carers. This study aimed to gain a more in‐depth understanding of older father carers’ experiences of parenting. Methods: Semi‐structured interviews were conducted with 7 older fathers (M = 63.9 years) and analysed using constructivist grounded theory. Results: Three conceptual categories were identified. “Wearing different hats: how fathers’ sense of identity had altered over the years. “Family comes first”: importance placed on the family unit. “Getting on in years”: the challenges faced by ageing fathers parenting their son/daughter. Conclusions: Fathers re‐evaluated their priorities and found a new identity in their parenting role, although they continued to see themselves as secondary carers. Fathers worried about the future as their health declined but drew strength from the benefits they had derived and the challenges that they had overcome to do their best for their son/daughter and their family.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kinnear, Dr Deborah and Dunn, Mrs Kirsty
Authors: Dunn, K., Jahoda, A., and Kinnear, D.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:1360-2322
ISSN (Online):1468-3148
Published Online:13 August 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities 34(1): 118-128
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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